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Adam Umber
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    Balloon Circumnavigation - Spirit of Freedom
    Project: ET2 Architecture?
    Steve Fossett successfully circumnavigated the globe in the Bud Light Spirit of Freedom, a Rozière balloon like the Breitling Orbiter 3, landing in Australia July 4, 2002 after 19 days, 13 days 8 hours 33 minutes to go around the world, and 14 days 19 hours 50 minutes in flight. This was the first solo circumnavigation flight by a balloon.

    The Spirit of Freedom flew at approximately the same altitude as the Breitling Orbiter 3, up to 34,700 ft, and up to speeds of 204 mph.

    Fosset's accommodations were smaller than the Breitling Orbiter 3, measuring only 5'5" wide by 7' long. The gondola now rests at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

    The experience within the gondola was severe for a soloist in flight. Fossett's 4 hours of sleep per night were achieved through 45 minute naps. In addition to being in cramped quarters, Fosset also had to climb outside the capsule in below zero temperatures to check fuel tanks and burners.

    The construction of the capsule was a combination of kevlar and carbon.

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