It’s currently 4:05 PM in Kansas City and the balloon has been flying about 3.5 hours! The winds are really carrying it and, if we get lucky, should give us an interesting flight view to… St. Louis! For the first few hours of flight the balloon was averaging a groundspeed of 60-80 MPH. The same winds blowing the balloon along were preventing it from climbing very fast. As of the writing of this post, the balloon is about 82,000 feet up and about 100 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis and on it’s way toward Springfield, Illinois.
Right now, Fred Bruenjes and Bob Riddle are in a car with a GPS tracker chasing after the balloon. We hope it lands before it hits the east coast!