ST. LOUIS, Mo. – You might want to keep your eyes on the skies Thursday and Friday near St. Louis. A high-altitude balloon travels north through the region. It can be a very long journey.
The balloon is identified as “HBAL593” and a flight tracker reports that it recently traveled north near the Mississippi River in St. Louis. This may not be the first time a balloon like this has crossed the region. This is a very interesting science travel story.
A Twitter account specializing in weather balloons called StratoCat says“Not a weather balloon but a long-lasting super-pressure balloon called #Thunderhead, developed and operated by Raven Aerostar. It was launched from the Baltic, South Dakota on May 3 and has been flying ever since.”
It is unclear if the balloon near St. Louis is from Raven Aerostar. They launched a balloon that flew from South Dakota to Hawaii. He passed twice near Saint-Louis.
Raven Aerostar tweeted on March 14: “Our team members are flying balloons to test the endurance and navigation of our flight systems. We launched them from SD and transported them to Hawaii using machine learning and wind currents. HBAL574 traveled 24100 nm in 95 days, and HBAL577, 12164 nm in 45 days.
The company has recently worked with the US Army and Armed Forces of the Philippines. The joint project is designed to “enhance bilateral interoperability, capabilities, trust and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences.”
It is unclear what the balloon near St. Louis is watching. Observers on social networks note that this balloon is going in a somewhat different direction. But, it can still be an interesting thing to see from St. Louis. Don’t forget to look up.
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