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Breitling Orbiter 3 was the first balloon to fly around the world non-stop, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. Designed and built by Cameron Balloons, of Bristol, England, Breitling Orbiter 3 stood 55 m (180 ft) tall when fully inflated. The propane gas that fueled the six burners was contained in 28 titanium cylinders mounted in two rows along the sides of the gondola. Concerned about fuel consumption, the team added four additional propane containers prior to take-off; these additional four tanks were needed to complete the trip.

Breitling Orbiter 3 was the first balloon to fly around the world non-stop, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. Designed and built by Cameron Balloons, of Bristol, England, Breitling Orbiter 3 stood 55 m (180 ft) tall when fully inflated. The propane gas that fueled the six burners was contained in 28 titanium cylinders mounted in two rows along the sides of the gondola. Concerned about fuel consumption, the team added four additional propane containers prior to take-off; these additional four tanks were needed to complete the trip.

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LA MASIA I L’HANGAR
THE EARTH BASE IS CONCEIVED AS A TECHNICAL FACILITY ATTACHED TO AN EXISTING CATALAN COUNTRY HOUSE SITUATED IN LLEIDA, IN CATALONIA. THE BASE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AREA AS AN ALREADY EXISTING TOURISTIC DESTINATION. LLEIDA IS A NOT VERY MUCH POPULATED AREA, BUT IT IS VERY GOOD CONNECTED TO A MAIN EUROPEAN CITY WITH ALL THE CULTURAL AND LEISURE INFRASTRUCTURE (1 HOUR BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN). LLEIDA IS ALSO DESTINATION FOR SPORT TOURISM SUCH AS SKI AND RISK SPORTS.
THE BASE IS DEVELOPED TO HOUSE A LEISURE AND ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM WITH AROUND 20 ROOMS WITH RESTAURANT IN A COUNTRY SIDE LANDSCAPE WITH THE TYPICAL GASTRONOMY OF THE AREA, ENJOYING THE LITTLE BIG PLEASURES TRADITION OFFERS, PRIOR TO THE BREAKTROUGH EXPERIENCE OF BEING RELEASED IN A CAPSULE TOWARDS 40KM WITH A HUGE HELIUM BALLOON.THE TECHNICAL PART OF THE GROUND BASE WILL HOUSE THE HANGAR FOR THE MODULES WITH ALL THE PROCESSING ROOMS NEEDED FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE PRESSURIZED MODULES AND THE BALLOONS. IT WILL BE VERY WELL CONNECTED TO BARCELONA, ZARAGOZA AND MADRID THROUGH ROAD AND HIGH SPEED TRAIN. IT WILL BE OBVIOUSLY REACHABLE BY AIR, AND A PERMANENT SIKORSKY S64 HELICOPTER WILL BE BASED THERE TO GO AND SEARCH FOR THE MODULES AT THEIR DESCENT.

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THE BASE CONCEPT IS THAT OF THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF LEAVING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE BY REHABILITATING A TYPICAL CATALAN COUNTRY SIDE HOUSE (MASIA) AND THE NEW USE BROUGHT IN BY THE HANGAR WITH THE CAPSULES, AND THE PAVILION FOR THE AUDIENCE TO ASSIST TO THE LAUNCHES.

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THE HANGAR AND AUDIENCE PAVILLION ARE CONCEIVED AS LIGHT STEEL STRUCTURES, ABLE TO BE DISMANTLED AND BROUGHT SOMEWHERE ELSE WITHIN DAYS. UNDERNEATH DIFFERENT PREFABRICATED BOXES WILL HOUSE THE DIFFERENT PROCESSING ROOMS BOTH FOR THE CAPSULES AND THE BALLOONS. THE CAPSULES WILL BE BROUGHT IN BY SIKORSKY S64 HELICOPTERS AND A BRIDGE CRANE THAT GOES THROUGH THE HANGAR UNTIL A TELESCOPIC PLATFORM THAT RISES THE CAPSULE UNTIL THE RELEASE POINT AFTER THE BALLOON IS INFLATED WITH HELIUM. IT WILL THEN ELEVATE WHILE THE HELIUM EXPANDS EXPANDS INSIDE THE BALLOON AND THE CAPSULE WILL ASCEND AND FINALLY GET INVISIBLE TO THE EYE.

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THE AUDIENCE PAVILION WILL ALLOW TO WITNESS THE CAPSULE RELEASE FROM AN OUTDOOR LOOK OUT. BELOW THERE WILL BE A CAFETERIA AND SHOP. IT WILL HAVE CAPACITY FOR 100 CARS AND 400 PEOPLE SEATING.

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EARTH BASE
THE EARTH BASE IS CONCEIVED AS AN UNDERGROUND FACILITY SITUATED IN LLEIDA, IN CATALONIA. THE BASE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AREA AS AN ALREADY EXISTING TOURISTIC DESTINATION. LLEIDA IS A NOT VERY MUCH POPULATED AREA, BUT IT IS VERY GOOD CONNECTED TO A MAIN EUROPEAN CITY WITH ALL THE CULTURAL AND LEISURE INFRASTRUCTURE (1 HOUR BY HIGH SPEED TRAIN). LLEIDA IS ALSO DESTINATION FOR SPORT TOURISM SUCH AS SKI AND RISK SPORTS.
THE BASE IS DEVELOPED TO HOUSE A LEISURE AND ACCOMMODATION PROGRAM WITH AROUND 50 ROOMS WITH RESTAURANTS, CAFETERIAS, SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER AND CONVENTION CENTER. IT IS PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NATURE AND SOME SPORTS FACILITIES WILL RELATE THE COMPLEX WITH THE EXISTING LANDSCAPE SUCH AS TENNIS COURTS AND A GOLF COURSE STARTING IN THE FACILITY. THE TECHNICAL PART OF THE GROUND BASE WILL HOUSE THE HANGAR FOR THE MODULES WITH ALL THE PROCESSING ROOMS NEEDED FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE PRESSURIZED MODULES AND THE BALLOONS. IT WILL BE CONNECTED BY ROAD TO THE MAIN HIGH SPEED ROADS GOING FROM BARCELONA TO ZARAGOZA AND MADRID. IT WILL BE OBVIOUSLY REACHABLE BY AIR, AND A PERMANENT SIKORSKY S64 HELICOPTER WILL BE BASED THERE TO GO AND SEARCH FOR THE MODULES AT THEIR DESCENT.

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THE BASE CONCEPT IS THAT OF A NATURAL LANDSCAPE THAT IS MODIFIED, BY A FALLING WATER DROP. IN THE RESULTING ONDULATIONS OF THE SURFACE, SEVERAL ROOF LEVELS AND SKYLIGHTS ARE CREATED THAT ALLOW THE LIGHT INTO THE UNDERGROUND FACILITIES. SEVERAL PATIOS ALSO PROVIDE VENTILATION AND ILLUMINATION TO THE ROOM AREAS. THE ROOF IS THEN AN ONDULATING LANDSCAPE WITH VEGETATION SUCH AS LOCAL FRUIT TREES.

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THE PRESSURIZED MODULES ARE PROCESSED IN THE TECHNICAL AREAS, PARTIALLY UNDERGROUND, AND THEN THEY ARE CARRIED THROUGH TUNNELS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE SITE WHERE AN ELEVATOR BRINGS THEM TO THEIR LAUNCH POINT, SEVERAL METERS ABOVE THE ROOFS.

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FROM THAT POINT THE BALLOON IS CONNECTED AND LAY DOWN THROUGH AN OPEN AIR CORRIDOR SIDE TO THE TECHNICAL AREA. WHEN THE HELIUM IS INTRODUCED, THE BALLOON STARTS TO INFLATE AND WITH THE SUFFICIENT VOLUME, IT STARTS TO ELEVATE. THE PRESSURIZED CABIN IS THEN RELEASED AND TAKES OFF. THE HELIUM EXPANDS INSIDE THE BALLOON AND THE CAPSULE ASCENDS AND FINALLY GETS INVISIBLE TO THE EYE. THE ADVENTURE IS JUST STARTED.

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