Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

NOVA menu (see bottom of page for text links)

NOVA Online
Balloon Race Around The World menu (see bottom of page for text links)

Kevin Uliassi Kevin Uliassi


Rockford, IL


Launch Window: mid-November to February
Cruising Altitude: 24,000 to 28,000
Duration: 7-14 days
Outside Air Temperature: -50 degrees C
Speed: 85-200 mph

The Balloon

Type: De Rozier
Height: 180 feet
Diameter: 90 feet
Color: white
Fabric: Nylon, coated inside with polyurethane
The Capsule

Height: 5 feet
Weight: 230 pounds
Diameter: 4 feet
Fuel: mixture of propane-ethane
Fuel Cylinders: 20 titanium tanks suspended around the perimeter of the capsule


  • A Trimble Navigation INMARSAT-C satellite teletype (E-Mail)
  • GPS
  • HF radio
  • VHF aircraft radio
  • Emergency locator transmitter
  • Satellite rescue beacon
  • Handheld radios
  • Two aircraft transponders
  • Marine band radio
Check out the other global contenders.

Photo © 1997 Ron Behrman.

Global Contenders '97/'98 | Expedition '96/'97 | Fossett | Virtual Flight
Science of Ballooning | Teacher's Guide | Resources | Transcript | Balloon Home

Editor's Picks | Previous Sites | Join Us/E-mail | TV/Web Schedule
About NOVA | Teachers | Site Map | Shop | Jobs | Search | To print
PBS Online | NOVA Online | WGBH

© | Updated October 2000

Support provided by

For new content
visit the redesigned
NOVA site