First Launch date Dec 18!

First flight launch looks like it will be (tentative!) December 18, 2010, from SpacePort Indiana!  SpeedBall-1 will be the name of this mission, it will be a medium range test of the trans-atlantic robot balloon system.  What does ‘medium range’ mean?  It’s not going to Europe, but it should go pretty far – outside of the US anyway.  It’s not long range because of some things we need to test on the balloon, the cutdown device being one, that will cause a shorter than normal flight.  After SpeedBall-1, trans-atlantic crossing attempts are expected to begin!  Sign up here for email notification of launch time and flight tracking details:

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