Soaring to New Heights: How Helium Shapes the World of Balloons and Blimps

Soaring to New Heights: How Helium Shapes the World of Balloons and Blimps

The peaceful sight of vibrant balloons floating in the sky, the happiness and joy brought on by a room full of colorful celebration balloons and the incredible presence of blimps are all made possible with the help of helium. This lighter-than-air gas has been linked with flight and exploration for years, being the center focus of the world of balloons and blimps. At nexAir, we provide our customers with a consistent, high-quality supply of helium gas for various uses, including the objects that bring us the most joy, balloons and blimps. Here’s a bit more KnowHow: 


What is helium? 

Helium, the second lightest element in the universe, is an inert gas that offers unique properties ideal for aviation applications. With an atomic weight that is almost seven times lighter than air, helium is able to provide the buoyancy needed for balloons and blimps to float effortlessly. While it is a limited resource, that does not make it any less sought after. Its low density and non-flammable nature make it a safer option than other gases for lifter objects. 


Helium for Balloons

Whether it’s decor for a birthday party, a photo backdrop or the beautiful hot air balloons that you see in the sky, helium has contributed to captivating us for centuries. Since helium is lighter than air, the filled balloons end up weighing less than the air it displaces, causing them to effortlessly rise. So basically, when you force a large amount of helium into a smaller, enclosed space, such as a balloon, the low density allows the helium to rise above the heavier air all around it. The same goes for hot air balloons. Hot air balloons not only rely on burners to heat up the air but also on gas like helium to help lift the hot air balloon into the sky. It’s a pretty neat concept! 


Helium for Blimps

Blimps, also known as airships, are massive helium-filled aircraft that have left a remarkable mark on aviation history. These noticeable giants have been used for a variety of purposes such as advertising, aerial surveillance, luxury travel and cargo transportation. Due to the unique ability of helium to lift and the maneuverability of blimps, this has become an essential and versatile option in many industries. 


As you can see, helium’s unique properties have shaped the world of balloons and blimps, allowing us to reach new heights in exploration, research and day-to-day activities. By conserving and being aware of our usage with this limited gas, we can continue to enjoy the magic of these objects, while ensuring a sustainable future for this gas. At nexAir, we are proud to provide this industry with a consistent, high-quality supply of helium for every project and adventure that they take on. If you are interested in getting your own, or want to learn more, please reach out to our team – we can’t wait to Forge Forward together. 

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