Succesful circle around the pole / Balloon landed in Nigeria caused quite a commotion in a Village
PEGASO mission achieves first ever arctic circumnavigation (6/30/2006)
Longyearbyen.-The flight of the balloon launched on June 14th is near the end. The balloon has circumnavigated the northern polar region in 14 days and 5 hours returning back over Svalbard and is now on its way to Greenland. Estimated time of termination is within 3 days resulting in a 17 day scientific and technological flight. The full circle achieved around the north pole paves the way for the upcoming year when more sophisticated and larger balloons and payloads will be flown following a similar pattern.See more at http://stratocat.com.ar/indexe.html
AMMA balloon landed in Nigeria and caused quite a commotion (6/29/2006)Cotonou, (Benin).- The campaign took a suddenly widespread diffusion after one of the balloon launched days before landed in a remote village in the Jigawa state in Nigeria, causing a commotion in the people there. According to news item reproduced over the net by a pan-african news agency, "... the strange object dropped in the village around 5.00 pm local time after a slight rainfall, which caused apprehension and tension among inhabitants. The eyewitness account stated that the object which appeared to be remote controlled from an unknown centre attempted to take off again before it was tied down by the villagers who subsequently alerted the Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Muhammadu Nuhu Sanusi.
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Luis Eduardo Pacheco
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Historical recopilation project on the use of stratospheric balloons in the scientific research, the military field and the aerospace activity