It is a question that has been asked for centuries: can a hot air balloon pop? It sounds like an easy answer, but it’s not as simple as it seems.
We all know what happens when you put too much pressure inside of something and the gas inside expands until the object pops.
But does this happen with hot air balloons? Is there enough space in the balloon to make this happen?
In this blog post, we will talk about how much pressure is needed to pop a hot air balloon and which factors could lead to that happening.
When people think about why balloons might want to pop, they typically don’t get very far past thinking about its journey through the atmosphere above the Earth’s surface.
This instinctive response is probably influenced by movies with scenes of lasting past the graveyard, and other stories of children’s toys that get too high above Earth.
The truth is, it is not possible for a hot air balloon to pop on its journey through Earth’s atmosphere because there would not be enough pressure in an altitude as low as ours to cause this type of reaction.
The reason why hot air balloons do not pop like other objects with too much internal pressure is because something called atmospheric equilibrium lends its hand by balancing out.
Any increase in temperature at higher altitudes through convection currents so that there isn’t an uneven distribution of density.
In a hot air balloon, the gas inside is increasing the pressure gradually.
If there was enough space for this to happen (i.e., if it were empty), then you would be able to feel that change in pressure as well as see some curves on the balloon’s fabric.
But because of how full they are, these changes don’t happen and instead we only notice when the heat goes off or someone lets go of one end and causes it to drop down suddenly.
What happens if a hot air balloon gets a hole?
If you are one of the many people who love hot air ballooning, then you likely have a lot of questions about what would happen if your balloon had a hole.
The first thing you need to know is that it’s not very common for this to happen.
In fact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, there were only three reported incidents in the US between 1990 and 2014.
However, if an incident does occur where your balloon gets a hole from something like debris or other debris from another balloon which can cause serious consequences including: injury, death or even crashing into someone on the ground below.
The best way to avoid these kinds of hazards is by knowing how good quality balloons work as well as understanding all safety procedures that you will need to follow.
It’s also important to know what kind of things could happen if your balloon did pop and how they would be different depending on the size of the hole
The first thing is when a hot air balloon pops it doesn’t just go up in flames like you might see with other fire hazards.
If this were the case, then more incidents may occur but instead these balloons are designed so that there is enough time for people on board or below to get away from them before anything can happen.
This means that even at high altitudes where there isn’t much oxygen left, pilots can still safely land their aircrafts and evacuate everyone without any issues.
The reason why popping makes such a loud sound have something to do with the air inside.
After the balloon pops, there’s a tremendous release of energy and all that compressed air rushes out at once.
There are two ways in which this might happen: either a small hole or tear is made by accident and then gets bigger as it’s blown up more.
On other hand if something goes wrong during inflation so that too much pressure builds up on one side–when you’re inflating your hot-air balloons for example and causes an explosion.
This second type of incident can be avoided if pilots inflate their vessels slowly to avoid over inflation, but if they accidentally pop it will likely because of some other mechanical issue like a faulty valve due to wear and tear from constant use.
Can you fall out of a hot air balloon?
The first hot air balloon flight took place in 1783, when the first untethered flight using a hot air balloon was made.
Over the years since, the sport of hot air ballooning has been plagued by accidents, deaths and other incidents.
The worst accident in hot air ballooning history occurred in 1987, when forty-nine people died in the crash of a hot air balloon near Arras in France.
Even this wasn’t the worst hot air balloon crash.
In 1982, a hot air balloon accident in Chicago killed thirty-eight people, including the pilot, when the balloon struck high-voltage power lines.
However falling from hot air balloon is doubtful to happen.
The idea of falling from a hot air balloon and what it would feel like is something that keeps most people up at night.
The truth is, you can’t fall out of the balloon because the basket has an opening below for your feet to rest in and there’s also a net attached to it which helps hold you in place.
Yes, you can fall out of a hot air balloon.
However, it is very unlikely that this will happen because they are specifically designed so that people cannot fall through the opening at the bottom where there would be nothing to prevent them from falling down.
In addition, if someone does manage to get their head or chest outside of the basket then they have something called “head over heels”.
This means that as soon as they let go with one hand and reach for anything else in order to stabilize themselves than gravity pulls them back into the basket.
What’s more is that any kind of sudden movement by an individual could cause other passengers inside a hot air balloon to jump on top off him/her since everyone has enough room around them due to the fact that they are floating freely.
I’m Annie, a twenty-something year old girl who loves hot air balloons. So much so, that I have a full time job as a Flight Instructor and it is all I love talking about. Something about being up there in the elevated altitudes helps all my stresses float away!