White Star’s not working with off the shelf balloons though– they’ve got a bigger goal: DIY tropospheric superpressure balloons. these will be capable of multi-week flights, if successfully built. Dan Bowen’s talk– Jump to 3:30 into this talk, and see the superpressure tetroon discussion. 5:40, discussion of Rochte’s designs.
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 coveredRochte’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
Robert Rochte and his class at Grosse Pointe Academy build advanced superpressure polyester solar balloons that are normally cylindrical. he just announced through the Balloon_Sked mailing group that he’s getting ready for another launch.
it will be carrying a KA2QPG HF beacon.
postponed due to weather concerns and potential icing on it’s trans atlantic journey.