GB1000 Gas Balloon

  • arrow • The new generation of gas balloons
  • arrow • Design sets new standards
  • arrow • Hydrogen remains pure at all times during flight
  • arrow • Very strong structure
  • arrow • Cameron exclusive 'Servo System'
  • arrow • Maintains altitude precisely
  • arrow • Built from brilliant white fabric to reduce solar gain & night cooling
  • arrow • Maiden flight was in Sept 2010
  • arrow • Ground-breaking design
  • arrow • Simple design
  • arrow • Setting new standards for safety and performance
  • arrow • Conductive suspension webbing
£38,550 (envelope only)
€46,260 (envelope only)

The new generation of gas balloons made its first flight in Sept 2010. The Cameron GB1000 flew in the Gordon Bennett Race a few days later, successfully landing after 82hrs simply due to poor weather conditions; however this balloon had enough duration to fly for a further 24hrs. The ground-breaking yet simple design sets a new standard for safety and performance.

The balloon is a totally sealed system, so that the hydrogen remains pure and does not come into contact with air at any time during the flight. By preventing gas and air mixing, combustion is prevented, even if a spark should occur. The GB1000, like all hydrogen balloons today, is constructed from conductive fabric to prevent the occurrence of sparks and care must be taken that all ropes, webbings and accessories are also conductive.

A completely sealed balloon must have provision for pressure release and this is achieved by the servo system. When the balloon is full, instead of allowing an overflow of gas through a fabric appendix tube at the base, the servo pulls on the valve line allowing hydrogen to exit at the top. The metal gas valve has a chimney extension where ignition, should it occur, would not be a problem. This is the only place where gas and air can mix. 

 

When the balloon is below its ceiling, the servo fabric rises, taking the load off the valve line and ensuring that the valve is closed. The valve control line passes through the servo and down to the basket where the pilot can operate the valve manually at any time.
Final deflation is achieved by a fabric “chimney” type deflation port. At this time hydrogen will come into contact with air, but this will only be on the ground. Danger is minimised by the use of anti-static materials.

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The Cameron exclusive ‘Servo System’

The GB1000 is a completely sealed balloon that has a provision for pressure release through the Cameron exclusive ‘Servo System’. Hydrogen is automatically released from the envelope only when the gas expands past the full potential of the envelope. No other gas balloon manufacturer offers this level of innovation.

Stunning Performance

...it’s really a wonderful balloon, there are so many advantages, first of all its very simple and convenient for preparation & inflation. The Cameron GB1000 maintains altitude very precisely - for 2½ hours I didn't waste a single scoop of ballast.

Sergey Grishan, Russia

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