High Altitude Balloon Trans Atlantic crossing attempt

This evening Near Space Ballooning and Near Space Photography / Balloon News are attempting to fly a balloon across the Atlantic and recover the payload. The payload, a SPOT Tracker and parachute, was launched by John from Near Space Ballooning from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at 7pm GMT (1pm local time) for the 6200km journey to western Europe.

The tracker can be followed at


This is John and Chris’s second Trans Atlantic crossing attempt. The forecast for the flight is as follows:-

taf forecast

The first, in 2014, was brought to an abrupt halt prior to launch by a shortage of helium in the cylinder used to inflate the balloon.


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