First Ever Balloon Crossing Northpole – New Record Broken


Congratulations to Jean Louis Etienne who flew his Roziere shape balloon across Northpole!

This a first ever balloon flight crossing a distance of 3130km successfully crossing the Arctic Ocean after a flight of 121 hours 30mins on 26 April 2010. The team members of the Generali Arctic Observer expedition specially ordered a hot air balloon which represents a replica of the Rozière balloon.

The balloon is supported by a combination of helium and hot air, like the Breitling Orbiter balloon used on their round-the-world flight by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. The nacelle will be specially designed for a Polar flight.

I truly salute Jean Louis Etienne and his team for embarking this daring expedition to draw the world’s attention to the effects of global warming on the Northpole. *bow bow bow*

Read about the whole expedition journey at