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Old 05-05-2016, 20:07   #1
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Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

Was browsing indiegogo, as you do... Came across an inflatable balloon which launches from a canister like a flare. Flashes for 1 week at 150ft above your position.

I've no affiliation, but thought it might be worth a link and a discussion. Would this be useful to own?


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/s...ay/x/9987112#/
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

I see one big problem for marine use. In any breeze at all that balloon will end up 15' off the water instead of 150'.
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Old 05-05-2016, 21:01   #3
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

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I see one big problem for marine use. In any breeze at all that balloon will end up 15' off the water instead of 150'.
Yep... Interesting idea... but only really good for calm weather.

It would really help on a calm clear night.
So its not useless.
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Old 05-05-2016, 21:21   #4
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

Go fly a kite then.
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Old 06-05-2016, 00:57   #5
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

I'm quizzing the creator.... Will update if I get a response.
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

They do have rescue kites.
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Old 06-05-2016, 15:27   #7
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

One other aspect to consider is the visibility during daylight hours. Assuming that the balloon is a high visibility color it certainly increases your chances of being spotted by a plane or a boat over the horizon.
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

Even 15' off the water nearly doubles the visible horizon of a raft.
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

Nice, but will it be hazardous for rescue helicopters? Dunno about the chopper rotors whether it will blow it away or suck it in
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

FOUR years ago jn florida straight at night, I changed course for a flashing lite
that I thought was somebody in trouble,when I got near they were sailing with their strobe on to be safe, if I see a flashing lite i stay on course.
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Nice, but will it be hazardous for rescue helicopters? Dunno about the chopper rotors whether it will blow it away or suck it in
Lets hope the folks being recued would have the sense to pull it in. If not the rescue swimmer will.
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Was browsing indiegogo, as you do... Came across an inflatable balloon which launches from a canister like a flare. Flashes for 1 week at 150ft above your position.

I've no affiliation, but thought it might be worth a link and a discussion. Would this be useful to own?


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/s...ay/x/9987112#/
If I were setting in a life raft I would sure like to have one.
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

Some minor issues but otherwise a great idea.
- How long will the materials used hold up if stored for years.


Otherwise, I'll take 15' for days over 150' for seconds every time.


Kites are a nice idea but if there isn't any wind, they don't work.


One option could they put a shake light on it? Have to work out the mechanism that would work best but bouncing around in the wind, there is energy that could light up the balloon providing better nighttime visibility.
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Re: Rescue balloon Beacon. Interesting...

Can LED lights be seen with night vision optics?

Surely instructions would come with the product
and the buyer would read them BEFORE the need
arises to use it.

I do like the concept.

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Was browsing indiegogo, as you do... Came across an inflatable balloon which launches from a canister like a flare. Flashes for 1 week at 150ft above your position. I've no affiliation, but thought it might be worth a link and a discussion. Would this be useful to own? https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/s...ay/x/9987112#/
Again not the perfect one for all conditions. However would be a moral booster in night conditions and the visibility of that light would surely help the rescuer. From a former rescuer, a light is much easier to look for than a person in the drink. For hiking, visibility above the trees... I think this would be valuable. Good luck in you project.
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