Launch Analysis

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launch notices for the Winnemucca area were reviewed between Aug. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. The dates of the scheduled launches and the final status of the launch event were charted on the calendar.

Dates marked in yellow indicate that a launch was scheduled and later canceled. Dates marked in green indicate that a launch was scheduled and the status changed from active to expired. Based on recent launch notices and actual launches a notice that expires most likely indicates that a launch did occur.

Active launch monitoring began Sept. 1, 2017. Dates marked in yellow continue to indicate that a launch was scheduled and later canceled. Dates marked in blue indicate that a launch was scheduled as active and a launch of a balloon was confirmed.

This table reflects both current and historical data. Launch notices were reviewed beginning Aug. 1, 2016, and launch monitoring started Sept. 1, 2017. This table current to Nov. 30, 2017.

November 2017 Launch Information

During the month 14 launch notices were scheduled in which 6 resulted in actual launch events where 14 balloons were sent up.

In addition to the 14 balloons launched 30 balloons were airborne and appearing on tracking from previous launches.

Of the 14 balloons launched 13 appeared to have landed prematurely. Ten balloons came down within hours of launch and three landed within two days after launch.

 

October 2017 Launch Information

During the month 25 launch notices were scheduled in which 10 resulted in actual launch events where 33 balloons were sent up.

In addition to the 33 balloons launched 22 balloons were airborne and appearing on tracking from previous launches. Nine balloons, 185, 188, 189, 012, 026, 192, 027, 034 and 231 have gone 10 days or more without appearing on tracking. It is possible that those balloons are over remote areas outside of the tracking system.

Of the 33 balloons launched 14 appeared to have landed prematurely. Six balloons came down within hours of launch, three landed the next day and the remaining landed within three to nine days after launch.

September 2017 Launch Information

Active launch monitoring began Sept. 1, 2017. Twenty-one launch notices were scheduled in which six resulted in actual launch events where 16 balloons were sent up.

The information in the table below starts on Sept. 2, 2017, and shows balloons that could be tracked back to a launch from Winnemucca and new balloons that were confirmed as being launched in Winnemucca. The new confirmed launches are indicated in the date field in blue with “WMC,” the airport identifier for the Winnemucca Municipal Airport.

Date fields marked in gray indicate that the balloon was within tracking range at the time of the query. Some of the fields marked in gray may reflect the state, province or country abbreviation that the balloon was over at the time of that query.

The HBAL identifier and monthly date field marked in gold indicate that the balloon has most likely landed and has not been visible on tracking since the last day marked. The altitude on these balloons was observed as descending and last noted as being at or below 12,000 feet AGL

Disclaimer:  The collection and display of this information relies on third party systems and information which are not verified. The data, analysis and assumptions may contain errors and omissions. Information is offered as a general interest item to those interested in activities in the Winnemucca and Great Basin Desert area. All information must be checked and verified for any other use.


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