Fedor Konyukhov’s ‘round the world’ flight preparation on a Morton hot air/helium balloon

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June 2016, will witness Fedor Konyukhov’s ‘round the world’ flight on a Morton hot- air/helium balloon. Relying on advanced technologies, the well-known Russian adventurer plans to set a new solo, non-stop ‘round the world’ flight record. The flight will commence from the city of Northam in Western Australia.

The aeronautical expedition is supported by the Russian Geographical Society.

This flight is Fedor Konyukhov’s first circumnavigation attempt in a hot-air/helium balloon. – The project is an excellent example of effective global cooperation from the best specialists from Russia, UK, USA, Australia, Belgium and Spain.

The history of world aeronautics have only registered two successful around the world flights:
• March 1999
On their third attempt, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones set their ‘round the world’ flight record via the northern route. Starting from the Swiss mountains and finishing in the Egyptian desert, they flew 40,000 kilometers in 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes
• June 2002
On his sixth attempt, Steve Fossett set his solo ‘round the world’ flight record via the southern route. Starting and finish in Australia, he flew 33,000 thousand kilometers in 13 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes.

Fedor Konyukhov plans to set a new world record; retracing Steve Fossett’s flight route: Australia – Tasman Sea – New Zealand – Pacific Ocean – South America (Chile and Argentina) – Falkland Islands – Atlantic Ocean – South Africa (Cape of Good Hope) – Indian Ocean and finish in Australia. Overall distance approx. 33-35 thousand kilometers.

“Built specifically for this world record attempt, the Morton hot air/helium balloon has taken into account all the experience from previous ‘round the world’ flight successes and failures – elaborates one of the most famous contemporary adventurers, Fedor Konyukhov. – For example, all of the equipment nowadays, has become much lighter: implementing composite materials and nanotechnologies.”

Fedor Konyukhov’s expedition is supported by: Cameron Balloons, Breitling, Virgin Group founder – Sir Richard Branson, Toyota and many others.

In 2015, Fedor Konyukhov became the Global Ambassador for Australia Zoo. Therefore, attempting his incredible feat, Fedor has also incorporated a fundraising drive to make his contribution toward the preservation of endangered species around the world.

Many of the world’s species are in danger of extinction. The Wildlife Warrior team at Australia Zoo is at the forefront of groundbreaking research in the field of wildlife conservation, their techniques and results have made significant impact in wildlife circles throughout the world. A number of these threatened species are cared for by both Australia Zoo and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

We’re proud to be working with the zoo, to support Steve Irwin’s legacy and raising global awareness for the zoo’s mission.

To become a sponsor of this project, contact Gabe at the Australian Cultural Center in Moscow – gabriel@auscc.ru or on +7 916 522 9112

Official project site:
http://konyukhov.ru/en/index.html