Mar 7 2011National Geographic Builds House From 'Up', Launches Into The Wild-Blue Yonder


You know that movie 'Up' by Pixar? The one about the crotchety old man and chubby boyscout? Yeah, I haven't actually seen it (somebody said it'd be too sad for me AND I'M DELICATE LIKE EXPLOSIVE GEL). Well, to promote their upcoming television series 'How Hard Can It Be?', National Geographic built a functional replica of the 'Up' house to -- get this -- see how hard it could be. SOFT LOOKS PRETTY SOFT.

...March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.

The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.

MYTHBUSTERS KNOCKOFF. And it only took eight years to come up with the idea! Smooth, National Geographic executives. And by smooth I mean rough, like wiping your ass with a handful of sand and gravel. That said, I'll still watch it. And not just because I can only stand so much ginger facial hair and berets, but...actually that is mostly why. Plus it's hard making room on my DVR with so much Real Housewives and Jersey Shore.

Hit the jump for several more pictures and a video news report of the I believe I can fly in action.









The House From Up! Now Exists In Real Life--and It Flies! [gizmodo]
Up-Inspired Floating House [mymodernmet] (with more high-res shots)

Thanks to Camille, who once attached helium balloon to a dollhouse with disastrous results (it headed straight for a ceiling fan -- there were no survivors).

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that movie made me cry... then i used the tears as lubrication.

that movie made me cry... then i used the tears as lubrication.


And what about the landing?
Did it crash on other houses?

wow, awesome. i want a giant balloon now. oh and i can't stand that ginger facial hair either.

I think 99 luft balloons would have been enough

yeah, but can it pop balloons? oh wait, never mind
.... just sayin

That's BULL SPUNK!!!!
In the movie, all the strings tied to the balloons came through the chimney!
They didn't cut a big hole in the roof!

No dice!
..... just sayin

Closet, that sky house is sooo doomed when the question is answered

Not exactly a "replica," but still freakin' sweet.

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btw, wiping your ass with gravel is exactly what they do in afghanistan...

Dope. Amazing. Love it.

I think they're kinda blurring the line between "house" and "box" here.

More like "an organized pile of wood roughly in the shape of a house" would be more descriptive.

How hard can it be?
Someone has clearly never seen Top Gear.

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Way cooler than anything those fags on Mythbusters have done.

But they didn't do it!! It said they used 8 FOOT weather balloons. The old guy from Up just used regular old balloons and a gazillion helium tanks!! Plus he had it all strung up to his chimney and weather vane, they actually built this structure for flying. It would really be amazing if they just let a bunch of balloons fly and see if it can actually lift an ATTACHED house, but then again.... if he had that many inflated balloons inside his house already, wouldn't they have lifted it before he let them go? :/

that's not what the house looked like at all.. if you're gonna call something a replica, it should be a friggin replica

bastards.. *shakes fist at sky*

national geographic ran an article about the helium shortage just the other day ,surely they should have at least attempted to use an alternative gas .
if theyd vacummed out the balloons and filled them with pure hydrogen it would have been safe ,flown ,and had a better weight to lift ratio .
honestly ,bitches dont know how to make a house fly........

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