I was having fun trying to figure out how , using conventional equipment, an effect like this could be produced, not even considering an
So, balloons are all I could come up with, but coupled with some pyrotechincs, done this way: First off , the balloons are yellowish and glowing,
and I would say that this may be produced with a florescent day-glow , and you can certainly get balloons like this.
So say you have a hundred or so helium filled balloons tied in a line on elastic string. You have made 2 such strings.
You place both balloon strings in a giant thin polly bag you have manufactured to hold all these balloons, and also in the poly bag you have another
very large balloon. On each side of the bag, you have allowed the end of each string to protrude outside the bag, and you have on each an Estes type
large model rocket engine attached to the ends of the balloon strings and glued to the outside of the bag.
Once released, the whole mess rises up in altitude and through some remote control method, you ignite the rocket engines. which pull the elastic
strings of balloons out of the bag at the opposite ends. The bag stays floating because it has another large balloon still in it.
If you wanted to take the complexity of the rockets out of the equation, then...
It requires 3 people to get this off the ground. 2 people with fishing rods and very thin polyfilament line are separated a quarter mile from each
side of the central bag which is on the ground held by the third person. They have a lot of slack line out , so when the central person releases the
bag, it goes up quickly. Then, both of the people holding the rods start reeling in rapidly when the bag reaches a decent altitude, thus pulling the
balloons out of the bag at each end......
The only thing left is the behavior of the small balloons once released, and I cannot come up with anything yet that would produce the swirling
effect that they display, as well as how they could be separated from the strings. But,, I think this may be a step in the right direction to try to
find a way that this could be produced by people.
Anyone want to take this further? I think it is a lot of fun.
edit on 30-9-2011 by charlyv because: spelling where caught