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Games in the air

HT City gives you a peep of the aerostat, to be used in CWG.

entertainment Updated: Sep 13, 2010 02:44 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

What is aerostat?
The aerostat, or helium-balloon, is one of the biggest star attractions during the Commonwealth Games.

What will it do?
The aerostat is multi-purpose. It will be used to project video content, which will include animation and graphics; the baloon will also
be synchronised with the Games’ opening and closing ceremony. The projection is high-resolution and multi-dimensional. Some of the live events during the Games will also be projected on the aerostat.

So, what’s the big deal?
The first of its kind to be used for a sporting ceremony or entertainment event, the USP of this aerostat is that it is used for projection in 360 degrees. This enables every person in the stadium, not withstanding his position, view the entire effect of the aerostat.

What is its cost?
It’s worth R40 crore.

What are its dimensions?
It’s 80m x 40m and 12m high. It can be raised to a maximum height of 30m.

Verdict: Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the Organising Committee, CWG said, “The aerostat is ‘no ordinary balloon’, but ‘a piece of technology, piece of art.” The unveiling of the aerostat took place amidst heavy rains. Even during the rains, it stands tall without raising any problem.