Flight Activity

 

Three balloons, 206, 033 and 036 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 16, 2017, between 2:45 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the three balloons at 9:05 p.m. local time.

 

A total of five balloons were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 10, 2017. Besides the previously reported 198, 199, 196 and 202, balloon 237 went up at 7:45 p.m. local time. This image shows the position of those five balloons Oct. 11, 2017, at 7:28 a.m. local time. Ahead of the five recently launched balloons, 044 from Puerto Rico is visible and195 launched from Winnemucca Oct. 8, 2017.

 

Four balloons, 198, 199, 196 and 202 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 10, 2017, between 10 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. local time approximately. Shortly before the launches balloon 044 drifted eastbound a short distance south of the Winnemucca Project Loon launch base. Balloon 044 was launched May 3, 2017, from the Puerto Rico launch base at Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport (TJRV) in Ceiba, Puerto Rico May 3, 2017. Balloon 044 has been in the air for 159 days. The Project Loon balloons are designed to operate 200 days.

 

Oct. 10, 2017, 23:10 UTC – Six Project Loon balloons continue to operate in Puerto Rico to support mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capacity in areas of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 

Oct. 10, 2017, 01:30 UTC – Close tracking view of balloons 017, 031 and 194 in Puerto Rico. The Federal Communications Commission granted Loon Inc. special temporary authority to support mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capacity in areas of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

 

Oct. 9, 2017, 21:10 UTC – Six Project Loon balloons tracked around Puerto Rico. The Federal Communications Commission granted Loon Inc. special temporary authority to support mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capacity in areas of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The balloons, 017, 029, 031, 192, 194 and 217, were launched in Winnemucca, Nevada, between Sept. 11 and Oct. 4, 2017.

 

Four balloons, 230, 231, 034 and 200, were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 6, 2017, between 9:20 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the four balloons at 8:40 p.m. local time.

 

Five balloons, 027, 024, 023, 028 and 030, were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 5, 2017, between 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time approximately. The average lunch time between balloons on days where two or more balloons were launched since Sept. 7, 2017, has been one hour and 23 minutes. Today balloon 028 was launched 38 minutes after 023 making it a record time, if a fast launch sequence is of any importance in this project. This image shows the position of the five balloons at 9:10 p.m. local time.

 

Four balloons, 031, 217, 029 and 192, were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 4, 2017, between 11:50 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the four balloons at 10:18 p.m. local time.

 

Oct. 3, 2017, 13:38 UTC – The five Project Loon balloons traveling south in the direction of Puerto Rico were joined by a sixth balloon, 216, which was launched in Winnemucca, Nevada, on Sept. 22. The six balloons then turned west over Florida. Balloon 194, which was southeast of Puerto Rico, has moved closer to Puerto Rico and is east of the country.

 

Oct. 2, 2017, 13:02 UTC – Five Project Loon balloons are shown leaving the United States possibly on route to Puerto Rico to provide internet service after hurricane Maria severely damaged services and infrastructure there. Three of the five balloons, 016, 022 and 193, were launched from Winnemucca, Nevada, Sept. 23 and the other two, 215 and 218, on Sept. 24. A sixth balloon, 194, also launched in Winnemucca on Sept. 11, is southeast of Puerto Rico.

 

Three balloons were launched from Winnemucca Sept. 24, 2017, between 8:42 a.m. and 2:38 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the positions of the three balloons at 9:09 p.m. local time.

 

Four balloons were launched from Winnemucca Sept. 23, 2017, between 8:40 a.m. and 11:27 a.m. local time approximately. The times between launches, in order of scheduled launches, was 73 minutes, 50 minutes and 44 minutes. This image shows the four tracked balloons at 6:10 p.m. local time.

 

Five balloons were launched from Winnemucca Sept. 13, 2017, beginning at approximately 8:34 a.m. and the last balloon was launched at approximately 12:50 a.m. local time. The average time between launches was 66 minutes.

All tracking images provided courtesy of Flightradar24.com

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