Sep 29, 2008

Attempt to Cross English Channel with a Pedal-powered Airship Fails

Yesterday, a French man falied in his second attempt to become the first person to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered airship. Stephane Rousson, 39, from Nice, called off from half-way when change in the wind direction hampered his journey that he started from Hythe on the Kent coast.

During the attempt, Mr Rousson was suspended underneath the 16 metre long helium filled balloon, powering the two propellers with his feet using a bicycle-like contraption. His specially designed airship requires only two knots to become airborne. So, he had to wait for more than a week to for winds of less than 5mph. Unfortunately, when he was half-way to the French coast, wind changed it's direction and he had to abort the mission.

In June also, Mr Rousson was forced by winds to postpone his first attempt to cross the English Channel, despite waiting two weeks for the ideal weather conditions.

Via : Link


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