The role of the wind in ballooning

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Ab Maas talks about the challenges that wind presents in ballooning.


Although balloons were by far the first manned aircrafts in the sky their economic and military importance stayed marginal.

The main reason for that is the difficulty of steering a balloon. Balloons go with the wind flow and the only way to steer a balloon is to find different wind directions at different heights. Therefore, wind and wind forecasts are of utmost importance for sport- and commercial ballooning.

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