After 11 days and 23 hours of flight, K9YO woke at 16:18 UTC, Grid EO66HD over the Hudson Bay, near Fort Severn, Ontario, Canada for its First Circumnavigtion around the world. K9YO was launched on October 10th 2022 from Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, Illinois. This was the fastest time around the world that we’ve experienced, AA6DY making its first lap in 22 days. Our Locate and Track page has been updated for K9YO for APRS, Ventusky, and NOAA projected trajectory model for 84 hours. K9YO is currently flying at an altitude of 12,050 meters, 39,525 feet. NOAA is projecting K9YO will be between Greenland and Iceland on October 26th, 2022.
Pico Balloon AA6DY woke at 15:12 UTC at Grid DJ37FQ just west of Costa Rica, Central America. AA6DY is flying at an altitude of 14,420 meters, 47,298 feet. Our Locate and Track page has been updated with a change in the NOAA projected trajectory for 84 hours.
Yesterday, I reported that AA6DY would fly towards Wisconsin on October 25th. NOAA is now predicting that AA6DY will be flying towards Florida by October 26th, 2022.
Maps of current locations and 84 hour NOAA, “Best Guess” locations are on our Locate and Track page and are updated when we see a change. You can also follow other Pico Balloons around the world by clicking Sondehub on our Locate and Track page.
Below we see an image from Sondehub with K9YO-15 over Canada and AA6DY-15 over the North Pacific Ocean. With our Pico Balloon hobby, we are never alone.
We’re very excited here at the NIBBB to have two balloons, K9YO and AA6DY circumnavigate the world with AA6DY ready for the 2nd lap. 73, Cary KD9ITO