Weather balloon takes flight over Freedom Balloon Fest

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An experimental weather balloon ascended 63,000 feet over the Freedom Balloon Fest on Saturday. (WTVD)

An experimental weather balloon ascended 63,000 feet over the Freedom Balloon Fest on Saturday.

The balloon took flight after being mounted with a variety of gadgets.

Here was the payload on the balloon:

  • Aircraft positions reporting system tracker (APRS Tracker)

  • Spot GPS Tracker

  • 170-degree camera

  • Still camera

  • Proclamation Letter from Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne

  • Bengal tiger stuffed animal

  • Red poppy from American Legion Post 116: The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since WWI to honor those who served and died for our country.

  • Balloon cards

  • Project Uplift USA decal and pin

  • Pepsi bottle


A picture taken at 60,000 feet.



The flight lasted for an hour and a half. After reaching an altitude of 63,000 feet, the balloon ruptured and sent the payload safely (thanks to a parachute) back to the ground.

In total, it traveled 36 miles to Middlesex.

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