How many of us would fly across the Atlantic in an open basket gas balloon?
Sir David Hempleman-Adams next challenge is to do just that!
Weather permitting, his team will fly at an altitude of 6,000ft (1,828m) to 8,000ft (2,438m) and collect samples to discover new microbes that could lead to the discovery of new natural proteins, which could be used in the development of new medicines, biofuels, bioplastics or agritech. They will also be aiding a study to measure the impact of the Canadian forest fires, in a collaboration with Dr Jim McQuaid of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds.
Their adventure is supported by Torabhaig Distillery Single Malt whisky. To celebrate their trip, the distillery will release a limited-edition-design bottle complete with balloon mail postcards signed by the explorers, to help raise money for the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic Language School on the Isle of Skye.
To find out more about next challenge click here