A little while back, someone linked me to the Geostationary Banana Over Texas. I thought it was just a Web meme / bit of conceptual art fun. It turns out it’s both of these, but it’s also a real project to launch a gigantic inflatable banana into orbit. It’s worth reading that article right to the end, where a techie involved gives outstandingly good quote:
Manny Teran, founder of aerospace design firm nearSpace Technologies and an engineering consultant on the blimp, is optimistic it’ll get off the ground.
“The technology is sound,” says Teran. “It’s far out, but it’s all possible. Technology has come a long way since the Hindenburg.”
Beat that, Tim.
Giant inflatable banana in space? Meh, easy.
Try running a construction job on Sakhalin Island and make money without falling foul of the ever-changing Russian laws. Now that’s a challenge.