Mark the date, March 24, 2011- Robert Rochte throws in his hat for circumnavigation of the globe by an autonomous balloon on the Balloon_Sked mailing list. I’ve covered Rochte’s superpressure balloons here before. In this message, he’s referring to the White Star Balloon’s ongoing attempt at crossing the atlantic, a feat which Rochte has been pursuing as well.
Well, I was going to sneak-launch a competing superpressure balloon
this morning, but alas, the universe had other plans for me today.
If WSB make it across – which I expect they will – then our next great
challenge should be circumnavigation of the planet. I’m officially
throwing my hat in for that one right now!
Best of luck with the flight, guys!