Update RE: [balloon-makers] Solar tetroon aloft right now!

Don Piccard donpiccard at usfamily.net
Tue Jul 15 12:50:01 CDT 2003

Well done.  A great step forward.

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Subject: Update RE: [balloon-makers] Solar tetroon aloft right now!

Our solar tetroon landed in West Virginia last night around 10:40PM.
Recovery operations are very much limited by the rough country where it
landed, but at least one local amateur radio operator was able to hear
the radio beacon from about 10 miles away this afternoon.  Once the
weather clears, he'll take a hike out to the likely landing site and see
if he can find it.

The tetroon reached a stable float altitude of 53,000 feet and did not
begin to descend until about an hour before sunset.  The total flight
time was over 14 hours - the exact track is still being calculated but
is close to 450 miles!

The flight was definitely a success and takes us one step closer to a
long-duration, manned solar balloon.

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