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The Zipper
Pilot: Luc Goethals
The envelope (body of the balloon) is woven in panels, two panels making up what is a gore. There are 24 of these gores, or large vertical sections, in the entire S-55A envelope. The gores are held together by stitching and by heavy duty load tapes, webbing similar to the material used in seat belts in automobiles, which help support the weight of the balloon and minimize strain on the fabric, thus prolonging the useful life of the vessel.