September 29 2022, 27th Day, lap 2, Morocco

Good morning everyone. We are now on Day 27 of our 2nd lap around the world. After a nice travel over the Atlantic Ocean, again, we woke at 8:44 UTC, 3:42 am CDT at Grid IM63SA. Near Khouribga, Morocco, just west of Casablanca. Our altitude is 14,180 meters 46,500 feet. We always track our altitude, so we can discuss as a group, where we’re headed.

Though we flew over Morocco this morning, we are now over Bechar, Algeria and heading west.

I’d like to introduce you to our Pilot of AA6DY, now on our 27th day. Michael Seedman, AA6DY is one of our Co-Founders of the NIBBB. Michael has been very patient throughout our 24 launches, and we’re really excitied to be flying his balloon and for now our longest flight.

Now onto some other business.

Everyone knows I love to write about our program and expecially these successfull flights. Besides having fun, we at the NIBBB consider this a learning experience. As a team we meet to discuss, plan and build our tracking devices. We also look at our available resources to help determine where our balloons will go once launched.

So we have this very nice model called the NOAA Hysplit Model which shows a foward Trajectory, if we know the GPS location and altitude. It’s been a very relieable model for us to predict that Casablanca was our general direction for arrival.

After our last build session on Septmeber 10th, I dropped off some nice solar panel packages that our kids built. While with Michael, I discussed our projected flight and my predictions that we would drop down to just over 10,000 meters in altitude and recover. After a less than heated discussion we left with a bet. If it dropped, I would win, if not, he would win. I lost.

We have this NOAA model below which is current for today. Yesterday it showed that we would drop to 13,000 meters by this afternoon, then recover. Looking below you can see the nice smoothe line across Europe for our forward trajectory and the ziggly line over the section of Meters AGL (Above Ground Level).

Whether we win or lose, or I lose, and lose some more, it’s all in the fun. But we also have this large group of followers who look at this information and can help explain.

What would cause a sudden drop in altitude, and then a full recovery?

While we’re pondering this flight, I have updated our Links to Locate and Track tab for your viewing pleasure. I’ll be updating this inforation throughout the day, who know’s maybe we will have a sudden drop and recovery.

Please feel free to comment on this post, and we’ll be happy to share your thoughts.

June 20th 2022 W9BLN and KB9LM

We launched W9BLN and KB9LM on June 19th and only heard from W9BLN, until this evening. We are now tracking two balloons. KB9LM started transmitting at 12:32 UTC this morning and last transmitted near Birmingham Alabama, at 23:12 UTC at Gridsquare EM63lr Is it a ghost? we’ll find out tomorrow.

W9BLN last transmitted at 23:28 UTC at Gridsquare EM54lg Just South of New Albany Mississippi with a new heading going north, at a breakneck speed of 6 knots per hour, W9BLN may be going in circles for a while. W9BLN has been pretty steady at 9,000 meters, just over 29,000 feet.

W9BLN Gridsquare EM54lg Just South of New Albany Mississippi

KB9LM was launched using our board with 7 panel Polycrystalline Solar panels with one breaking before launch and a 36″ clear Chinese balloon.

W9BLN was launched using the QRP-Labs U4B with 7 panel Polycrystalline solar panels with one breaking before lauch and a 36″ clear Chinese balloon.

We’re tracking W9BLN on the QRP-Labs U4B tracking software and KB9LM using Please go to the tab above “Links to Locate and Track” for tracking these two balloons and the Jetstream on Ventusky.

until tomorrow 73, Cary KD9ITO