Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Loon, high altitude balloons

This is something a little different for today... I was looking over New Zealand and noticed about 17 high altitude balloons from Google's Project Loon.

What makes these flights a little different is that the predominate winds over new Zealand tend to be westerly at the higher altitudes that these things are floating along at. These flights however show very clear southerly winds and, particularly as they get up above Auckland, an easterly component.

If this keeps up [which I doubt], they'll be over Australia in a few days [rather unlikely, I suspect]. Below is a partial screen cap from [links to Flightradar24 on another blog page]. Enjoy!

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