I wrote the below note to this
group some time ago. I continued to follow the Leo Bodnar m0xer-2
flight for some time afterwards and still hope it comes back with
an APRS blip sometime soon! This flight stayed within or much less
than 500 ft of 38,000 ft for the entire journey which so far has
flown from the UK through Europe, eastern Russia, Kazakhstan and
now into Asiatic Russia. It is a solar augmented flight and wasn't
missing a beat if a digi or repeater was in site.
I emailed Leo to find out particulars on the flight, but had no
response. I definitely would like to know the composition of the
flight as it was / is quite well done!
There was a late packet from one of the digi's in the area causing
a hiccup in the flight path shown on APRS.fi, but it pretty much
followed the predictions I noted below other than staying a bit
north of where I thought it should have gone on it's eastward leg.
Here is the link and note below:
Leo Bodnar of Towcester England has another solar enhanced
quite well. See http://Leobodnar.com/balloons
and this flight:
It's gaining a bit of altitude as it flies along,
initially at 38,000
feet within the realm of the UK, leveling out but slowly
altitude to almost 40,000 ft now east by south east of
Winds at this altitude have been quite stable at around
45MPH for this
flight. Previous flights in the present balloon location
have caught a
loop back towards Europe as there seems to be a fairly
swirling west of the Caspian Sea.
However, if the winds push the balloon a bit east of the
there is a chance it may continue on a south east route
then an easterly
trend after reaching the midpoint east of the Caspian Sea
catch a breeze east bound.
Winds aloft also show a possibility of continuing south
and then heading
east after reaching the Arabian Sea.
I hope it keeps going! It's been good entertainment this