For those of you that have seen the film "Up" (If you haven't be sure to check it out, it's brilliant) this should fill you with excitement and wonderment.
Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16′ X 16′ house 18′ tall with 300 8′ colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.
It just goes to show that when a group of people put their heads together even the seemingly impossible can become a reality. Now, if they can make a device so that you can hear what dogs are saying...