Flight Activity

Two balloons, 255 and 286 launched from Winnemucca April 13, 2018, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. local time approximately. The balloon information was not blocked on Flight Radar 24 for 255 and 286 as it was for balloon 028 launched April 3, 2018. Balloon 255 and 286 flew for approximately seven hours and then both appeared to have landed 125 miles southeast of the Winnemucca Launch base. This image shows the balloons in flight at 2:15 p.m. local time before their later descent.

 

April 9, 2018, 7:07 a.m. Flight Radar 24 showed no Google balloons on tracking. ADS-B Exchange also showed no Goggle balloons on their tracking system. Checking aircraft history on Flight Radar 24 for balloons launched from Winnemucca, Nevada, shows that six balloons were last tracked heading west over the ocean from Peru and two were last tracked going east over the ocean from Brazil. Balloons launched from Puerto Rico were also shown heading out over the ocean. A launch notice for Winnemucca scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 4:59 p.m. canceled April 9 at 12:33 a.m. local time.

 

Balloon 028 launched from Winnemucca April 3, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. local time approximately. What is unusual for this launch is that the balloon’s information is blocked on Flight Radar 24. The HBAL number of 028, the FAA registration of N236LB and the MODE-S code of A21FC6 are not displayed. Flight Radar 24 will block flight tracking information at the request of the aircraft owner. The information is displayed on the ADS-B Exchange flight tracking system. Since launch monitoring began Sept. 1, 2017, this appears to be the first launch out of 104 previous launches where the aircraft data have been blocked on Flight Radar 24. UPDATE: Balloon 028 landed north of Jewel, Kansas at 17:51 04/04/18 UTC, 23 hours after launch.

 

Balloon 241 launched from Winnemucca March 30, 2018, at 7 a.m. local time approximately. The balloon flew for six hours and then landed 150 miles southeast of the launch base. This image shows the position of balloon 241 before it disappeared from tracking at 2:27 p.m. local time.

 

Balloon 248 launched from Winnemucca March 27, 2018, at 11:15 a.m. local time approximately. The balloon flew for nine hours and then landed 120 miles southeast of the launch base. The airspace launch notice window was from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time but it canceled at 12:39 p.m. and no other balloons launched. This image shows the position of balloon 248 before it disappeared from tracking at 6:47 p.m. local time.

 

Balloon 240 launched from Winnemucca March 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. local time approximately. The balloon flew for seven hours and then landed 95 miles east of the launch base. The airspace launch notice window was from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time but it canceled at 2:30 p.m. and no other balloons launched. This image shows the position of balloon 240 before it disappeared from tracking at 7:19 p.m. local time.

 

Balloon 249 launched from Winnemucca March 23, 2018, at 7 a.m. local time approximately. The balloon flew for three hours and then landed 110 miles northeast of the launch base. The airspace launch notice window was from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time but it canceled at 10:39 a.m. and no other balloons launched. This image shows the position of balloon 249 before it disappeared from tracking at 10:05 a.m. local time.

 

What could possibly be a record for the number of balloons launched in one day occurred March 14, 2018, at the José Aponte de la Torre Airport, the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. Eight balloons, 187, 191, 192, 222, 232, 233, 234 and 235 were launched within a five hour window with the shortest launch between balloons being 30 minutes. Since launch monitoring began at the Winnemucca, Nevada, launch base September 2017, the most balloons to be launched there on one day has been five balloons and those occurred Oct. 5 and Oct. 27, 2017, and Feb. 27, 2018. The image above shows seven of the balloons shortly after launch March 14, 2017, 08:37 UTC. At 16:03 UTC seven balloons still appear on tracking.

 

Five balloons were launched from Winnemucca Feb. 27, 2018, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time. The second balloon to launch, 145, landed three hours later 45 miles southeast of the launch base. The other four balloons, 154, 156, 155 and 157 continued in normal flight. The image above shows the course of the four balloons that remained in flight as of 5:30 p.m. local time.

 

Four balloons, 153, 177, 203 and 204 were launched from Winnemucca Feb. 13, 2018, between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the four balloons at 4:20 p.m. local time.

 

One balloon, 246, was launched from Winnemucca Jan. 12, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. local time approximately. The Federal Aviation Administration airspace launch notice window was scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. but it was canceled at 2:22 p.m. and no other balloons were launched. This image shows the position of balloon 246 at 3:45 p.m. local time.

 

Three balloons, 097, 096 and 098 were launched from Winnemucca Jan. 5, 2018, between 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the three balloons at 5:48 p.m. local time.

 

After seven canceled launch notices since the Dec. 13, 2017, launch, balloon 018 was launched from Winnemucca Dec. 21, 2017, at approximately 2:45 p.m. local time. Approximately two hours later the balloon descended 82 miles south of the launch base.

 

Two balloons, 070 and 071, were launched from Winnemucca Dec.13, 2017, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of those balloons at 6:05 p.m. local time. Balloon 070 descended nine hours after launch 32 miles northwest of Tonopah, Nevada, and balloon 071 descended eight hours after launch 20 miles northwest of Hawthorne, Nevada.

 

Three balloons, 043, 075 and 089 were launched from Winnemucca Dec. 8, 2017, between 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. local time approximately. Balloon 075 flew for three hours and then descended 32 miles southwest of the launch base. Balloons 043 and 089 continued in flight and this image shows the position of those balloons at 5:20 p.m. local time.

 

Three balloons, 049, 047 and 048 were launched from Winnemucca Dec. 5, 2017, between 11:45 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the three balloons at 7:05 p.m. local time.

 

Three balloons, 099, 100 and 069 were launched from Winnemucca Nov. 30, 2017, between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time. The balloons reached an altitude of over 56,000 feet AGL and flew for approximately four hours before descending 85 miles east of the launch base.

 

Seven balloons were launched from Winnemucca the last two days and only three continued in normal flight. Balloons 059, 066 and 040 were launched Nov. 11, 2017, and 066 and 040 landed within 2.5 and 11 hours after launch. Balloons 058, 057, 044 and 045 were launched Nov. 12, 2017, and 058 and 057 landed 3.5 hours after launch. The image above shows the course of the three balloons that remained in flight as of Nov. 13, 2017, 02:30 UTC.

 

Balloon 050 was launched from José Aponte de la Torre Airport, the former Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Nov. 10, 2017, 19:26 UTC. The last balloon that was launched from the Google Loon base in Puerto Rico was over four months ago June 25, 2017.

 

Balloon 039 was launched from Winnemucca Nov. 2, 2017, at approximately 10:15 a.m. local time. It appeared on tracking at 14,525 feet AGL at 10:46 a.m. and ascended to 19,300 feet AGL at 10:54 a.m. The balloon then descended to 6,000 feet AGL and went off tracking at 11:08 a.m. and is presumed to have landed 24 miles east of the launch base. The scheduled launch notice was scheduled to expire at 4:59 p.m. but was canceled at 11:21 a.m.

 

Balloons 241 and 038 launched from Winnemucca yesterday continue normal flight above 54,000 feet AGL. This image shows the balloons off the California coast Oct. 28, 2017, 16:30 UTC. Balloons 063, 064 and 037 have not appeared on tracking since they were presumed to have landed shortly after launch.

 

Five balloons, 063, 064, 241, 037 and 038 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 27, 2017. Balloons 063, 064 and 037 landed several miles south of the launch site within 2.5 hours. Balloons 241 and 038 continued in successful flight. This image shows 037 launched at approximately 3 p.m. local time, ascended to 54,000 feet AGL and then descended and landed 2hours after launch 38 miles S of the launch site.

 

Five balloons, 063, 064, 241, 037 and 038 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 27, 2017. Balloons 063, 064 and 037 landed several miles south of the launch site within 2.5 hours. Balloons 241 and 038 continued in successful flight. This image shows 064 launched at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time, ascended to 56,100 feet AGL and then descended and landed 2.5 hours after launch 55 miles SW of the launch site.

 

Five balloons, 063, 064, 241, 037 and 038 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 27, 2017. Balloons 063, 064 and 037 landed several miles south of the launch site within 2.5 hours. Balloons 241 and 038 continued in successful flight. This image shows 063 launched at approximately 10 a.m. local time, ascended to 57,799 feet AGL and then descended and landed 2.5 hours after launch 46 miles SW of the launch site.

 

Balloons 056 and 235 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 24, 2017. Both balloons appeared to have problems and landed within a brief time from launch. Balloon 056 was in flight for approximately four hours and landed 28 miles SW of the launch base. Balloon 235 was in flight for approximately 3.5 hours and landed 42 miles SE of the launch base. The image above shows the speed and altitude graph for 235.

 

Balloons 056 and 235 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 24, 2017. Both balloons appeared to have problems and landed within a brief time from launch. Balloon 056 was in flight for approximately four hours and landed 28 miles SW of the launch base. Balloon 235 was in flight for approximately 3.5 hours and landed 42 miles SE of the launch base. The image above shows the speed and altitude graph for 056.

 

Balloon 233 was launched from Winnemucca Oct. 18, 2017 at 19:40 UTC approximately. 233 appeared on tracking at 17,650 feet AGL at 20:08 UTC. 233 ascended to 60,000 feet AGL at 20:58 UTC. The balloon remained at or above 60,000 feet AGL to 21:28 UTC. It then descended steadily to 4,825 feet AGL and went off tracking at 22:12 UTC 42 miles east of the launch base.

 

Three balloons, 209, 219 and 233 were launched from Winnemucca Oct. 18, 2017, between 10:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. local time approximately. This image shows the position of the three balloons at 2:30 p.m. local time. Approximately two hours after 233 was launched it went down 42 miles east of the launch base.

 

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. 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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