Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Balloon Pilot Rises above Technical Hitch to Set World Record

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Balloon Pilot Rises above Technical Hitch to Set World Record

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Byline: SUE RYAN

uU WHEN David Hempleman-Adams took his balloon soaring to more than 30,000 feet he thought he had set a world record.

But when he descended, jubilant, he was told that his six-mile-high flight could not be an official altitude record because his black box recorder had failed in the cold.

So the explorer almost immediately mounted a secret second trip, risking death in temperatures as low as minus 60C to secure his place in the record books by officially reaching a height of 32,400 feet. This time the black box recorder survived the temperature drop in the open basket.

Today he told of his relief.

Mr Hempleman-Adams said: "I was so excited that we had broken the record and then we discovered that there was nothing on the black box to download. I think it was the first time in my adult life when I could have burst out crying."

Speaking from Calgary, Canada, Mr Hempleman-Adams said he had learned from mistakes on his first flight when he took to the air again on Sunday. …

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