The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade (NIBBB) lost their balloon. Amateur balloon club members say their last contact with a pico balloon was a week ago in Alaska. Then nothing.
The Pico balloon was flying over the same area of Alaska where US fighter jets fired several missiles and destroyed one of the balloons last weekend.
The club lost one of their pico balloons.
The Illinois Amateur Balloon Club lost one of their pico balloons in Alaska.
An Illinois-based club of amateur balloonists said one of its small balloons was “missing in action” after last reporting its location over Alaska on Saturday, the same day the US military shot down an unidentified object in the same area.
While the Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade (NIBBB) has not blamed the US government for releasing one of its 32-inch-wide “pico balloons,” the hobbyist group noted in a blog post that its last transmission was over four months from a small nearby island on Alaska’s west coast. This happened after the balloon had been airborne for some time and had circled the Earth seven times.
“Pico balloon K9YO last reported near Hagemeister Island on 11 February at 00:48 Zulu after a flight of 123 days and 18 hours,” said the NIBBB blog post dated 14 February.