Solar Hot Air Balloon Vent

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This technology is a solar hot air balloon vent that allows for the release of heated air at the command of a computer or remote control. By controlling the release of heated air from within the balloon, the altitude of the balloon could be adjusted at will. This control of altitude then offers the possibility of directional control as winds tend to blow in different directions at different altitudes. This could be utilized to have the balloon blow with the wind, using no propulsion, to any destination of choice. The possibility of station keeping above a certain point on the ground or executing a desired flight path are also available.

High altitude balloons are very useful in many applications. They can be used for various applications including weather monitoring, communication, remote sensing, imaging, and many more. The market is growing rapidly with funding from the government. The high-altitude platforms market is expected to reach revenues of $800 million in 2029, up from about $230 million in 2020, with balloons being the most popular equipment. The problem with balloons in the stratosphere is the duration and controllability of them once they are in the air.

The proposed technology will be able to solve that problem. The vent will provide control for the balloon with the ability to easily ascend and descend, the balloon can then use the winds to maneuver the skies to the desired location with the potential to be in the air for weeks at a time. Along with being a very useful with regards to controlling the balloon; it is also a low cost and very durable piece of equipment that will help propel high altitude balloons into the future.


  • High altitude research
  • Communications/connectivity
  • Solar observations


  • Lowers cost
  • Maneuverability
  • Long duration
  • Ease of use
  • Durability
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Tariq Ahmed
Sr Licensing Manager, College of Engineering
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Jekan Thangavelautham
Michael Debbins
Tristan Schuler
Davis Goolsby
Joshua Crest