LOADING BARD BALLOONS. . .

Special Shape Hot Air Balloons

Bard Balloons produces custom-made, lightweight hot air balloons – created from scratch in Ottawa, Canada.

Bard Balloons Special Shapes

LoveBear#

LoveBear is one of two complementary Canadian animal Special Shape Hot Air Balloons done in a “Hello Kitty” style. It was built over the summer of 2019. It first flew in the fall of 2019:

Made with special lightweight fabric (the fabric being custom-designed and manufactured just for us), LoveBear contains 1,300 yards (1,500 m) of fabric, weighs only 160 lbs (73 kg) and it has a total volume of 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m). The entire system fits on one small pallet for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 3 crew, and can take two (2) VIPs on each flight. As with all our Special Shapes, the lightweight fabric makes it glow well during “night glows”.

To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Bard Balloons Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/bardballoon/

#MyDeerling

MyDeerling was the first of 2 creations completed in 2019. It is the other complementary Canadian animal Special Shape Hot Air Balloon and was built over the winter and spring of 2019. It first flew in the summer of 2019, has attended some festivals in Canada – and will be going on a World tour in 2020.

As with all our Special Shape Hot Air Balloons, it is made of lightweight fabric, but this one uses specially designed (just for us) custom-dyed diamond-weave fabric, with the colors being picked specifically for this project. The lightweight fabric makes it much lighter than a regular special shape (103 kg envelope) and the entire system fits on one small pallet for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 5 crew, and can take two (2) VIPs on each flight. As with all our Special Shapes, the lightweight fabric makes it glow well during “night glows”.

MyDeerling contains:

  • 1,600 yards (1,463 m) of fabric
  • 1 kilometer of webbing
  • 10 kilometers of thread

And it has a:

  • Total Volume: 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m)
  • Weight of 230 lbs (103 kg)
  • Total Height: 97 feet (30 m)
  • Total Width: 90 feet (27 m)
  • Length of Antlers: 30 feet (9 m)

To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Bard Balloons Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/bardballoon/

#Alien Rocket

The Alien Rocket was the first special shape balloon out of our workshop. Alien Rocket was completed in 2016 and has been a very successful shape balloon, flying in over 7 countries to date. Kids and adults, boys and girls, everyone loves the Alien Rocket. It somehow ignites childhood dreams whenever and wherever it flies.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is AlienRocket-1024x682.jpg

It is made of lightweight fabric (95 kg envelope), and the entire system fits on one small skid for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 5 local crew, and can take one (1) VIP on each flight. The volume, weight and size were all carefully calculated to makes it easy to handle, one that is almost guaranteed to come out of the bag, unlike some other shapes that are a little more involved.

The Alien Rocket contains:

  • 1,500 yards (1,380 m) of fabric
  • 1 kilometer of webbing
  • 10 kilometers of thread

And it has a:

  • Total Volume: 65,000 cubic feet (1,980 cu m)
  • Total Height: 93 feet (29 m)

The lightweight fabric and the fact that it uses fluorescent fabric make it glow well during “night glows”.

To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Alien Rocket Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/alienrocket

#Lite-Bright

The first balloon ever built by Bard Balloons in 2009 was C-GEGM, named “Lite-Bright”. It has it’s own dedicated webpage. It also has a custom designed glass-floor basket, and with a volume of only 42,000 cubic feet, the envelope only weighs 75lbs.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is BalloonWinterFlight.jpg

Other Projects

Bard Balloons have also helped on several other special shape project over the years. Here are a few of them: