the mission itself is so demanding and challenging that
Dr. Singhania has commissioned the best authorities
in the world to achieve the objective. Andy Elson and
Colin Prescot have been charged with the responsibility
of designing and fabricating the capsule, envelope and
burners. The credentials of these two balloonists are
is not only a balloonist of long standing and repute;
he is also a renowned scientist who has designed similar
sealed capsules for NASA. He was also the first person
to balloon over Mt. Everest in 1991, and to fly above
40000 ft on at least 6 occasions.
too is no mean balloonist having performed many stunts from
balloons in James Bond movies. These two gentlemen almost
broke the world record for being the first to fly around
the world. Their attempt was only thwarted by International
bureaucratic red tape and plain bad luck.
entire ground team of professionals is the best that
can be mustered and no stone has been left unturned
to make the project a grand success.
Project is coordinated by Capt. M. R. Wadia who is a
decorated officer of the Indian Air Force and later
a senior captain and instructor with Air India, flying
B-747 400. He was India Director of the International Federation
of Airline Pilots’ Association, and founder President
of the Federation of Indian Pilots, a body formed to
address professional and safety issues in India. He
was also Founder Principal of the Institute of Aviation
and Aviation Safety affiliated to the University of
Mumbai. He was a member of technical committees and
Human Engineering Panel appointed by the Government.