Break the world record! Chinese ‘flying boat’ floats to explore the atmosphere, reaching an altitude of 9,032 meters.

Xinhua news agency Chinese state media reported (May 16) – “Jimu No. 1” (Jimu-1), a Type 3 floating airship, was launched into the air from a launch site near the Mount Chomolangma observation station. of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) at an altitude of 4,270 meters at about 1 a.m. Sunday, before soaring 4,762 meters to an altitude of 9,032 meters above sea level. at 4:40 a.m., which is the highest record in the world.

The floating airship used in this atmospheric observation mission is a self-tethered airship developed by China. which relies on the buoyant force of the floating gas to soar to the top and controlled launch and landing via a tether located on the ground. The airship is 55 meters long, 19 meters high, and has a volume of 9,060 cubic meters.

The research team involved in a scientific expeditionary expedition that covers the top of Mount Chomolangma. It consists of 64 research team members from the Tibetan Plateau Research Institute. They will conduct comprehensive observations of the upper atmospheric environment through data from the blimp.