I read on public lab that a balloon usually can only be inflated a few times before it fails. I'm just wondering what a 'failure' would involve. I assume a pop, but is this generally during filling, or do they sometimes pop while in the sky?
If the latter, do people protect cameras etc with the addition of a parachute? Or just sufficient foam?
I'll also have a few other (quite expensive slightly fragile) bits of equipment up on the platform, so I'm interested in how likely it is to burst!