with Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Zero2Infinity
PROTOTYPE + RESEARCH
This research project is a collaboration between IAAC and Barcelona based space tourism company, Zero 2 Infinity. Their project, Bloon is a capsule that will travel to near space giving travellers the experience to view our planet in the most unique way. The four hour flight begins with a one hour ascent using an air balloon, followed by a 2 hour cruising phase at an altitude of 36km, with the final hour cruising back to the landing area using a parafoil. The capsule holds 4 passengers (plus 2 pilots) and has the benefits of zero emissions, no noise, no training sessions (anybody can travel), and will be powered by batteries and inert gas.
The project concentrates on the space capsule: the geometry, possible fabrication processes, and building a 1:1 prototype. The first phase consists of understanding the geometry of the capsule (a torus) supported by research in composite structures such as Automatic Fiber Placement technologies (AFP), and finally building a lightweight 1:1 prototype of one section of the capsule to be used for long term research into the design and fabrication of the capsule.