'Improvements in aerostation', 1844-1852.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 30cm x 32cm

'Improvements in aerostation', 1844-1852.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Extract from the 'Illustrated London News', illustrating ballooning apparatus developed by the great English aeronaut, Charles Green (1785-1870) over the course of his ballooning career, which spanned over 30 years and more than 500 ascents. His improvements to ballooning included the attachment of a sail to the balloon to asist with navigation, and the use of a guide (or trail) rope to reduce or control speed and relieve the balloon of some of its weight. Green was also the pioneer of coal-gas - a cheaper and more effective alternative to using hydrogen in balloons.

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