Balloon Headed North
Andy’s Pico Flight progress has been as predicted. It is heading very much north from Melbourne in an unusual jet stream current. It is averaging about 8,000m (8Km – 5 miles) altitude and headed north at an average speed of 80kph (50mph). It recently passed over where Jason and I launch our balloons. It was a little west of Rankin Springs!
With a little luck, the current winds will take the balloon to sea near Cairns in far north Queensland (Australia). Below is the current track at time of publication:
Below is a snapshot of the jet stream that has allowed the flight to head north rather than the regular west to east path:
See the wind markers pointing straight up from Melbourne in the SE of Australia? Below is a more normal flow in 3 days time. The wind is headed west to east:
Andy has been very careful to watch the forecast and launch for the unusual jet stream wind direction.
Note that HAM radio tracking is listed in the preceding post. Tracking sites on the Internet are listed.