Tight-Rope Walking Between Two Hot-Air Balloons?!

We hope those backpacks are parachutes.

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You may have seen filmmaker Sebastien Montaz-Rosset’s work before. His film, Flight of the Frenchiesintroduced mainstream audiences to wingsuits, a type of parachute that fill the space between arms and legs. The now-famous technology doesn’t let wearers fly, exactly, as much as allow them to navigate the air gracefully before deploying a parachute.

The technology that went into the short film above accomplishes the same goal—though it’s a little older and a little more classically French. The first manned hot air balloon, after all, lifted off Parisian ground.

The video above, I should add, is also stunning. And crazy. And other adjectives. We seriously do hope those backpack-like things are parachutes.

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Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.

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