Thursday, April 30, 2009

UVC balloon illumination

A UVC-illuminated balloon would be an impressive sight - after all we need to sizzle any microorganisms on the balloon with germicidally more significant amounts UVC light than the sun itself provides at altitude!
What would its safe viewing distance be? Could this double as a beacon for nighttime flights?
Would pulsing the UVC source be more effective than continuous illumination?
Blacklight type fluorescent strip lights or LEDs?


  1. I like this idea - we could have quite a following for such a spectacle

  2. Yes, I think overnight flights would be intensely exciting. If you knew where the balloon was roughly and you had a pair of binoculars, you'd be able to see the safety beacon or UVC - almost 100,000ft up!