A balloon operator is hired to follow you around via gps to
provide a variety of services.
You are walking on the ground transmitting your gps through
"pack-puter" (a cheap touch screen phone mounted to a
strap) for your BO to follow you above in the sky at the
The Pack puter syncs through your bluetooth headphones
in your helmet for clean audio during flight as well as video
chat option with your BO (balloon operator.) He's probably just
up there reading a book when he's not busy flying!
There are two ways to mount to the HAB. Either you can tether
up while he's grounded for an easy tether or do the way cooler
more complicated sky hook out of dark knight.
If you're on the ground un-tethered ready for pick up release
your sky hook, get yanked up a bit too clear the tree line and
then soar away. Your backpack, service as a harness releases a
small airbag/balloon with a blinking LED that has a large metal
hook below the balloon connected to the central cable.
A high tensile cable resistant to cutting hangs below the hook
and the balloon. The cable is connected to a pulley system
that gives you the ability to raise and lower yourself once
you've hooked in and ascended.
Once the BO tethers your balloon hook to his HAB he
can pull you up via the pulley (lame) or just lock you in and
start flying away with you dangling below (hence the helmet,
watch out for the birds:D).
Alternative Bungee cables:
With the ability to run on the ground and bungee back up
(with varying results I imagine) you can have
a world of fun! Maybe your last!
If after your hanging cruise you're getting bored then
he can wench you up the HAB and get you changed into a
wingsuit (dont' worry he won't look! your BO is well trained)
then you can be lowered down, unhooked and go for a high
For the lazy hiker who likes the nice parts of hiking but would
like some assistance getting up that last 3,000 ft ascent to the
peak, this would be perfect. The difficulty would lie in making
sure the rope is clear of obstacles.
This could be achieved by finding a clear spot to send up the
hook, wench up above the treeline and just sort of "walk up"
the help of the balloon.
The Lazy Hiker package would also include a giant double
bubble like in Jackie Chan's Operation Condor. He could safely
lower it down (lame) or you could wench up to the HAB, get
in the bubble suit safely or lower you down about 30 feet or so
and bounce you down a mountain side (badass) to your
Aerostat Warship option
Included in your armored suit/backpack is a tuxedo, disguise
kit, plastic explosives and silenced pistol for all your spying
needs. Also available HALO (high altitude low opening)
parachute suit for awesome spy jumps.