[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
The Race to Mars Europe's mission to Mars

INTRODUCTION THE MISSION SPACE SUITS THE GLIDER
THE SHIP FLIGHT PLATFORM THE PILOTS BACK NEXT
Introduction

The world record attempt to make the highest manned balloon flight has been called off, due to a rupture in the balloon's seam.

Andy Elson and Colin Prescot had been hoping to take their balloon, QinetiQ 1, 25 miles (40 km) into the sky to break a record that has stood for 40 years.

What happened to the balloon is unclear but tests will be conducted to find the source of the fault.

It is possible that that mission could take place next year. Click on the headings above to find out about how it might work.


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific