Patent Number: 6,167,924

Title: Rotating balloon apparatus

Abstract: A balloon rotation apparatus includes a base; a rotator disk or plate rotatable on the base and having an air passage opening therethrough to a sealingly connectable balloon envelope; a motor drive including a plurality of resiliently tired wheels for supporting and rotating the rotator plate; a duct connected to the base and having a duct inlet for connection to a source of pressure gas, and a duct outlet located proximate rotator plate for feeding the pressure gas through the inlet passage for inflating the balloon and maintaining the inflation while the rotator plate is being rotated. The duct includes a flexible sheet enclosing at least a portion of the base having a ring rigidly supported proximate the rotator plate and having a portion of the sheet of the duct fastened thereto for forming the duct outlet, a plurality of leg supports being rigidly connected to the base and projecting outwardly from the sheet member of the duct. A locating plate is sealingly connectable to the balloon envelope opposite the inlet extremity, and elongate mast structure being engagable with the base for projecting above an upper extremity of the balloon envelope, the locating plate being rotatively and slidably supported on the mast structure, the mast structure having a coupling mounted proximate an upper extremity thereof for connecting a plurality of tethering lines in outwardly projecting relation to the balloon envelope for stabilizing same in alignment with the rotator plate.

Inventors: Buckley; Gary S. (Yucaipa, CA), Buckley; Linda G. (Yucaipa, CA)


International Classification: G09F 21/00 (20060101); G09F 21/06 (20060101); B65B 001/04 (); B65B 003/04 (); B67C 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018