LVL1 hackerspace plans Trans-Atlantic balloon flight

LVL1 hackerspace plans Trans-Atlantic balloon flight

Good news everyone! LVL1 is going to deliver a box of used balloon gizmos to Europe! What’s that you say? Europe has had enough of our crap already? I think not!

We’ve officially started the LVL1 White Star Trans-Atlantic Balloon Service with one goal: To send a small robotic balloon across the Atlantic Ocean and land somewhere over there on dry land. No amateur balloon has ever done this. The farthest amateur flight so far sank just 200 miles short of Ireland – tantalizingly close, but no cigar.

The team is in the planning stage, with the goal of having a balloon ready to ride the autumn jet stream across the ocean. They’re holding a fundraising party at LVL1 on November 20th, or you can donate via their Pledgie page. (The pic above shows a previous balloon project, the Spirit of Knoxville, but the team is investigating using the SoK’s balloon for this project.) Good luck, White Star folks!

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