If you're looking for some light entertainment this fine April morning, then tune in to the live launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Punch" and "Judy" test flights. Dave Akerman and I are at Blighty's Baikonur in Herefordshire, determined to get two mighty orbs aloft. The live feed from the launch site is …
Looks like a successful launch and recovery
From the earlier streaming coverage and tracker maps, both balloons launched successfully and reached altitudes around 90,000ft. Punch, Richard and Judy then descended gracefully back to earth between Evesham and Tewkesbury, where they were retrieved before the 2 tracking vehicles retreated for a post mission debrief.
They were last seen in the vicinity of The Star in Ashton Under Hill, so we're expecting the follow up report to also include a review of the available refreshments!
Most excellent news.
Thank A K Stiles for the update for those of us who were unable to follow along.