- KF4ZTI 11 latex floater now over Tulsa OK
Re: KF4ZTI 11 latex floater now over Tulsa OK
I've been texting with Harry this morning. Said he was trying to get a local to find a final location.
Final location looks to be pretty heavily wooded. Is this one of Bill's balloons???
It is coming down. Harry, you gonna retrieve it?
On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM Zack Clobes W0ZC <zclobes@...
The floater seems to be descending slowly.
As for the visual, yes they look like a star in the day fly. They're really cool to watch and especially when they pop.
On Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 9:38 AM James Ewen VE6SRV <ve6srv@...
Harry might be wearing glasses if he has bad vision. Most likely just using his eyes.
A 1200 gram balloon at that altitude is easy to spot. It will be a little white dot in the sky.
The balloon will be about 30 feet or so across.
It is kind of hard to imagine being able to see a balloon so far away until you actually see one. I recall seeing my first HAB at altitude and being amazed that I could see it.
One flight we did, we put a very light payload in a 1 cu ft styrofoam box with no parachute. Just a tumble recovery.
I was watching the flight with binoculars when the balloon burst. I was able to watch the box fall to the earth.
I watched it down to about 30,000 feet where I foolishly thought “I’ll have a look for be box with my naked eyes!”. I was unable to find the box with the binoculars after that.
Recovered the payload a couple miles from where we were watching the burst.
What kind of optical aid is Harry using? Very appropriate he of all people is getting that treat.
On Sunday, June 14, 2020, 10:24:04 AM EDT, Bill wrote:
Harry KC5TRB has a visual sighting of the KF4ZTI-11 latex floater as it flies nearly over the top of his house in Tulsa OK at 108,000 feet. It has been flying now for 25 hours.
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