Innovation

Record Breaking Flights

Teaming up with Richard Branson, Lindstrand made a bid to fly a hot air balloon across the Atlantic. The 75,000 cubic metre Virgin Atlantic Flyer had taken off from America on the 2nd of July and landed 3,075 miles away in Ireland 31 hours and 41 minutes later on the 3rd. In January 1991, Per Lindstrand and Sir Richard set two new world records for distance and duration completing the longest flight in lighter-than-air history by piloting their Pacific Flyer balloon 6,761 miles from Japan to Northern Canada. Then in December 1998, partnered by Sir Richard, Lindstrand flew for seven days and covered 20,000 kms in a Rozière balloon from Morocco to Hawaii.

Earlier in 1999 Lindstrand, in partnership with Daimler Chrysler Aerospace of Germany, was awarded a design contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a high altitude long endurance airship for possible use in the telecommunications market. As a result of this, and having more than 20 years’ experience of lighter-than-air technology, Lindstrand was awarded the German-based Körber Prize for engineering excellence. In 2002, Lindstrand was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the parachute for the planned Mars landing – Marslander, Beagle 2. This was to be the most advanced parachute in the world and was delivered to the ESA in December 2002. The lander was launched in June 2003, the parachute deployed successfully, and Beagle 2 landed on Mars on Christmas Day.