DIY Airship Sets New Altitude Record of 18 Miles

By Gary Cutlack on at

A group of amateurs who humbly describe themselves as a "volunteer-based DIY space program" have set a new record for the highest flight of a powered airship, sending one up 18 miles and well on the way to... space.

The flight of the team's Tandem craft took it to a total height of 95,085 feet last weekend, beating the previous altitude record for a powered airship, which was held by the US military, by four whole miles. Powered by electric motors and lifted up by two balloons, the privateers estimate their total mission cost was around £18,600.

If you like what they're doing, you can help fund future projects by buying a baseball cap or paying for a near-space advertisement. [JP Aerospace via Space.com]