How To: Make Your Own Open-Sourced Solar Powered Hot Air Balloon
Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno has devised a way for anyone—with a little help from a friend—to create a solar powered hot air balloon in roughly 24 hours. Titled '59 steps to be on air by sun power,' this ambitious project is a set of 59 instructions that, if followed correctly, will yield a beautiful hot air balloon. Suggested materials are garbage bags, transparent tape, rope, a car seat, bicycle wheels, and a partner to help create this floating device. In order to power your craft, you will also have to have access to the sun, as Saraceno explains, "Since this flying machine is lifted only by the sun, you imperatively need a sunny day with no wind at all…"