This Guy's Attempting to Set a New Round-the-World Record in a Gigantic Balloon

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Four hours of sleep a day, constant temperatures of around -40 degrees Celsius and no Pokemon GO for close to two weeks. Oh, and a very real risk of death. Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has embraced all of the above, having just embarked on his non-stop round-the-world record attempt.

He’s aiming to circumnavigate the globe in a helium balloon in less than the 13 days it took the late Steve Fossett in 2002. Indeed, Konyukhov has even set off from the same field outside Northam in Western Australia state Fossett kicked off his 2002 mission.

His balloon is an astonishing 56m tall -- the same height as the leaning Tower of Pisa -- and weighs 1.6 tonnes, though Konyukhov will be holed up inside a 1.6m-wide gondola for the entirety of his expedition. His cruising speed will vary between 100km/h and 300km/h, and he’s expected to soar at heights up up to £10,000m.

It's set to fly 19,000 miles, crossing Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa before returning to its starting point. Best of luck to Fedor. [PerthNow]

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