Project Loon


Be on the lookout for Project Loon balloons!

It appears the weather is North America is good enough now that Project Loon balloons are floating over the continent after having mostly floated over South America when it was winter here in the states.

HBAL245 is currently showing up on my Piaware 3.5.0 over central New Mexico and HBAL043 is floating as I type this over west Texas.


Actuellement à l’Est de l’Afrique (Seychelles).


Two Project Loon visitors brushing past southwestern South Dakota/northwestern Nebraska this morning HBAL284 and HBAL285 on a lazy trek eastward…
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HBAL271 located 34.756N -79.363W headed 290Deg at 6 knots

Near border of North and South Carolina.


Headed offshore now, ESE heading but frontal boundary leads NE. Just a guess but perhaps the UK and France, Portugal/ Spain operators should look for it in a week or more ?

I don’t know what the winds aloft will do- I’m assuming that it will turn NE but the operators may alter is altitude to keep it on a SE track towards N . Africa.

Maybe more experienced trackers will chime in here…right now its hitting 40 Knots @ 114 Degrees !

Anyone in Bermuda pick this up ?


HBAL0175 seen wandering WEST at a lazy 8 kts over central South Dakota at a high altitude of 86300 feet, launched from Sioux Falls SD. Interesting that a Skyview first shows a balloon icon then switches to a small airplane.



There was a writeup of yesterday’s launch of HBAL0175 at Sioux Falls Argus Leader June 28, 2018

The baloon is currently 34 miles south-east of my station and has ‘sped up’ to 16kts heading 271 deg. at 82900 feet. Interesting to see that although my feeders have nearly 290000 messages, only a couple (!) have actually shown up in the track log.

And I have a visual on the balloon itself high in the southern sky. Cell phone camera doesn’t cut it for getting a picture, I miss my old Minolta film camera with telephoto lens. Surprisingly easy to pick it out in the clear blue sky.


HBAL271 spotted at 57,000 feet over Northern California, near Redding:


HBAL0178 over Custer County SD (launched yesterday around Sioux Falls SD) - got visual sighting as well - shiny orb high in the sky. Weird standing on the ground getting blown by high winds west->east, while that balloon is sauntering to the west at a leisurely pace. Altitudes are all different from my three feeders, so I kind of ignore that value. Sure wish I could have saved the logged messages for viewing later in maps… a project for another time…