The record breaking balloon flight launched by my friend and colleague Andy VK2YT continues to break records. It was thought that it would pass over the south island and out to sea, but it has changed course and headed north and is now crossing the stretch of water between the north and south island and will remain in range of HAM radio APRS trackers for many hours to come.
Launched from Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, it left the Australian coast just after midnight on Monday Morning and took just over 24 hours to reach New Zealand
A long range PICO balloon flight is under way. Predicted path is Melbourne – Sydney – NZ
Payload is an ultra-light APRS beacon transmitting 10mW on 144.575Mhz (NZ APRS).
Callsign is VK3YT-11
APRS tracking at
Tracking with prediction at
Updates will be posted at http://picospace.net