HOW TO FLOAT

CONDUCTING YOUR OWN AEROCENE EXPLORER LAUNCH

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Here the basic steps for launching an Aerocene Explorer sculpture.
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All the components of the Aerocene Explorer are contained in one backpack for easy portability.
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First, open the Explorer backpack and familiarise yourself with its contents.
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First, open the Explorer backpack and familiarise yourself with its contents.
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If you are not launching from a light-coloured ground (like a white-sand beach), it is a good idea to spread a white tarp on the ground to increase its albedo. Launching from a light-coloured surface reflects the intensity of the Sun's rays on the Explorer sculpture, resulting in greater buoyancy.
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The Explorer sculpture floats without using any helium, hydrogen, or other gasses. Instead, the kinetic energy of running with the sculpture fills it with air.
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After the Explorer sculpture has filled with air, quickly seal the Velcro closure to keep the air inside.
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Wait as the air inside the Explorer sculpture gradually becomes heated by the Sun.
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As the inside air is warmed, it expands, inflating the Explorer sculpture to its full capacity.
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When the air inside the Explorer becomes warmer than the air outside, it will slowly lift into the sky.
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Attach the tether and the sensing devices pack to the Explorer sculpture.
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Congratulations, your Explorer is airborne!
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Take photos and videos with the camera in the sensing devices pack. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of your surroundings.
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As the Explorer is a completely open-source tool for exploration, think about what you would like to further Explore in the air. Then hack the sensing devices pack, and build your own sensors!

AEROSOLAR LIFT

The Aerocene Explorer sculpture becomes airborne using only the powers of air and sunlight. Openly accessible to anyone, the process of launching an Explorer into the sky is an unforgettable way to experience the Aerocene epoch.

Unlike most airborne vessels, the Explorer releases zero carbon emissions and uses zero fossil fuels. Aerocene is the future of air travel and habitation, utilising natural resources more sustainably.

LAUNCHING TIPS

INFLATING AND DEFLATING THE EXPLORER SCULPTURE

ANCHORING THE TETHER

Make sure to anchor the tether to something heavy on the ground, to reduce the chance of the Explorer slipping out of your grasp. Here is how to tie the knot:
Want to share your launching tips and best practices here? Let us know! Write to us at info@aerocene.org.