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A proud Brit enthusiast has reclaimed the UK altitude record for a helium-filled meteorological balloon - hitting 40,986m just a few months after Oz student Mark Jessop's globe soared to 40,575m above East Anglia. Dave Akerman and his Buzznik payload Dave Akerman launched his Buzznik payload (see pic), on Saturday from his home …

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Top lad!

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Glad to see a balls up that turned out well.

Congrats!

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40,987m

Lester, this is what LOHAN needs to aim for, innit?

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Well, I don't think with our payload weight we'll reach these dizzying heights...

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"Large baloon, small payload" - genius how did he think of that.

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Be thankful

If he'd been a mobile phone manufacturer, he'd have taken out a patent on it.

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@Paddy 1

Any they say we British are losing our engineering expertise!

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I think his website, like the balloon, has burst.

Congratulations on the altitude record though. As for the successful invasion of Belgium...who *hasn't* invaded Belgium? ;-)

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Yeah, it did take a hit for an hour or so!

For a while I thought it would land in France. I fully expected someone to surrender to it :-).

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Reminds me of someone...

Large ballons, small payload - reminds me of some one...

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Transatlantic Balloon

A balloon took off from California late on the 11th and though not planned is currently most of the way across the atlantic, it's being received by station's in the Azores at present on 144.390MHz. You can watch on http://aprs.fi and search for K6RPT-11. They asking for Southern Spanish stations to listen out for it

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