Solar balloon team hopes to snag two world records | KOB 4

Solar balloon team hopes to snag two world records

Marian Camacho
April 04, 2018 07:07 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Happening now, a solar hot air balloon is soaring over New Mexico in an attempt to break two world records.


Nicknamed “Jon Magnus,” the solar balloon launched early this morning from Balloon Fiesta Park.  A team led by Geosciences Engineer, Daniel Bowman, is hoping the balloon reached 100,000 feet, qualifying for a record holder for the greatest height reached by a hot air balloon and solar-powered balloon.

"We've been pleased to assist Danny in recent weeks as final preparations have been made. The use and display of this technology is an example of how ballooning takes many forms and offers potential future applications to solve problems and make scientific advancements," said Paul Garver, manager of the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

Onboard the balloon is a device known as the Raspberry Boom, which is an open source atmospheric infrasound monitor.  The team is hoping to use the device to capture the sound of ocean waves colliding thousands of miles away.

Trajectories show the balloon will likely land in Oklahoma or Texas. You can follow the balloon’s flight by searching the hashtags #RaspberryBoom or #BoomBalloon on Twitter.


Marian Camacho

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