09 Mar '11, 3am

A team of engineers has reproduced the flying balloon house from Pixar's Up for an upcoming TV series

IN THE Pixar movie Up, 78-year-old Carl Frederickson lifts his house in the air by attaching hundreds of balloons and taking off on a journey to realise his life-long promise to his wife - travelling around the world. He does this all by himself, but in reality, it took a team of scientists, engineers, two balloon pilots and dozens of volunteers to set up a small house attached to 300 helium-filled balloons. The small house was not a real one, but a light-weight house measuring 4.8m by 4.8m, and standing 5.5m high. The small house took off into the air and flew for about an hour at a 3km altitude with people on board in a private airfield in California. The project was the part of a new National Geographic TV series How Hard Can It Be, expected to be aired in 2012, and recorded as the largest balloon flight ever tried. -- KOREA HERALD/ANN

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