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Balloon overhead for the last week?

Old 2nd Jun 2019, 04:41
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Balloon overhead for the last week?

This balloon has been floating over one spot in the western U.S., specifically central Nevada for the past week! It's been as high as 71K but usually in the FL500-600 range. Very interesting how they can keep it in one geographic area for weeks at a time.


The world needs more surveillance apparently.
https://www.flightradar24.com/N105WV/209f745c
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 05:38
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It’s a stratollite balloon.

https://mobile.twitter.com/stratoballoon
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 15:00
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Originally Posted by WillFlyForCheese View Post
Itís a stratollite balloon.

https://mobile.twitter.com/stratoballoon
Cool, I had no idea this was going on. It looks like the one over NV is shattering records for endurance, it launched May 18th. and is still up there!
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 15:12
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There was some talk about these being used for broadband networks.
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 16:05
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Originally Posted by Smythe View Post
There was some talk about these being used for broadband networks.
Yes, that's the ambition of Google's Loon Project, though I have no idea if its related to the Strato venture.
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 17:50
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Seems that multi months long Project Loon balloon flights are already routine. See the twitter feed from here: https://stratocat.com.ar/indexe.html
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Old 2nd Jun 2019, 19:29
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Seems like an ultrasophisticated analog to Albuquerque's famous "box winds," where a pilot can take off to the south in the "down the valley" early-morning breeze, climb into the prevailing southerly winds, pass back over his/her take-off point north-bound, and then descend back into the valley winds to return-to-base. Or even "hover" in the shear layer.
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