Here are some examples of different basket types below:
The basket is the bottom part of the balloon which carries the passengers, pilot and propane gas cylinders. Baskets
come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, some smaller for the more intimate flights for 2-3 people, right through to the larger
sizes (20+) used for public flights.
These days most baskets are woven from Kooboo and Palambang cane as these materials are extremely sturdy, flexible and relatively
lightweight. The cane has proven to be the most hardwearing and durable material, even more so than aluminium or some composite plastics.
The basket needs to be extremely strong as it is constantly on the move, being shifted from place to place and also when the balloon
actually lands there is a large amount of force exerted on it as it hits the floor and comes grinding to a halt. The flexibility of the
cane helps with the balloon landing as wicker material flexes a little, absorbing some of the energy.
TYPES OF BASKET
It is possible to have your basket completely tailor made to a set specification, from everything to the wall height and width, material
used for padding, what material the floor is to be made out, whether passenger seat belts are required, etc...
There are 2 main types of basket, Open and T-partition. The difference is fairly self explanatory here, open is obviously an open space
where the passengers, pilot and fuel are all housed in the basket in just 1 compartment and T-partition is where the basket is split into
sections so the passengers can be separated from the pilot and canisters. The T-partitions main advantages over the open are that it is fact
a stronger structure due to the extra struts and also that the balloon remains more balanced overall as weight can be spread evenly over
A single Open basket
A single T-partitioned basket
A double T-partitioned basket is also available and is used for large commercial flights where 15-20 people are taken
up at once.
A double T-partitioned basket