HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON AND CAPSULE FLIGHTS
Flight of 10-50km (32,000-164,000 ft) into the earth’s stratosphere on a specialized balloon.
The first high altitude balloon flight of 10-50km (32,000-164,000ft) into the earth’s
stratosphere took place on May 27, 1931 in a spherical gondola designed by August
Piccard. The stratostat (FNRS-1) took off at 3:53am from outskirts of Augsburg,
Germany and landed on the Gurgl glacier at an altitude of 2500m in the Tyrolean
Alps. The 17 hour and 28 minute flight, with Piccard and Kipfer on board, broke a
world record, reaching heights of 15,781m (51,775ft).