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    LOONY BALLOON flight in progress from 17th5th2014 in Sth East Queensland UnknoGOOGLE8

    Photo994.jpgHi Guys, can someone make an urgent post to let everyone know there is a Helium Balloon in flight around the Stanthorpe area in Queensland link is here http://www.flightradar24.com/357ff29
    Balloon is at 63,000feet headding in a mostly easterly direction, Registration is GOOGLE8, Altitude is 63,538 feet, 26 KM/h, Track 71 deg, Squawk 1300
    Last edited by JustMe; 2014-05-17 at 03:33. Reason: more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe View Post
    Photo994.jpgHi Guys, can someone make an urgent post to let everyone know there is a Helium Balloon in flight around the Stanthorpe area in Queensland link is here http://www.flightradar24.com/357ff29
    Balloon is at 63,000feet headding in a mostly easterly direction, Registration is GOOGLE8, Altitude is 63,538 feet, 26 KM/h, Track 71 deg, Squawk 1300
    G'Day Jim
    Have not seen you on here for awhile. F-YBSU1 is still doing a great job. I see you are getting the Alliance Fokkers at the new Miles airport. That LOON balloon was also around yesterday, more towards Mungindi. I don't know how accurate those altitude readings are but it must have been pretty high yesterday for MLAT to resolve it out there from at least four F type feeders. Cheers. John

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    Thanks John, been here but also doing other things as well LOL, it's just on 9pm here, that balloon is still up in the air out Toowoomba way now, headding west towards Oakey's direction.
    I noticed the different altitude readings, put it down to FlightRadar24 not being able to handle an object so high up, it's got to be at least double the height of most airline flights.

    I contacted the local ham boys in Dalby, they and a sister club on the coast launched a balloon several months ago, they had official permission, it went to 100,000 feet, but I have been relibably informed this is not their doings and they were interrested in who launched this current balloon, this one is unknown to them.

    Going to see how far this current one goes for.
    Jim

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    Woke this morning to an ongoing event, GOOGLE8 Balloon is still there, it's done a full circle and looks like hanging around for a while yet, those who want to take a look here is the link http://www.flightradar24.com/357ff29 look for the Unknown GOOGLE8 tag on the "aircraft icon" its a LOONY balloon LOL

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    LOONY BALLOON flight in progress from 17th5th2014 in Sth East Queensland UnknoGOOGLE8

    Balloon2Google8 on 18th5th2014 inQld, Aust.jpgHi all, came across this Balloon flight by accident, it's been ongoing since the 17th, woke this morning on the 18th and it is still up topsides, I have no idea what the Altitude limits Flightradar24 can see to but I have seen this balloon at 63,000 feet and at 700 feet, you can follow it here http://forum.flightradar24.com/threa...2013#post52013 present position is here http://www.flightradar24.com/357ff29
    Last edited by JustMe; 2014-05-17 at 23:30.

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    Hey gents

    Try this link: http://www.google.com/loon/

    All the answers are there!

    Geoff

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    As I've mentioned elsewhere, this link has the story: http://www.google.com/loon/

    Geoff

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    Thanks Geoff, I can see Flightradar24 will need to do either one of two things in the future, (if LOON taks off, one day there will be thousands of them) so make a "balloon Loon" icon to identify these balloons or block them out from ordinary plane traffic, personally I would like to see the balloon icon but be given the option to discard them on the screen with a clickable thingy somewhere, or have just all balloons show up world wide.

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    anyone know where it is now?

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    Hi Ressy, sorry, the LOON balloon Google8 seems to have disapeared into the Coral Sea somewhere, I'm courious to know where it is also, anyone know? here is a pic I took on the 21st May.

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