The fourth flight of our summer season 2013.
BASE 74 was launched from the Great Plains Superlaunch in Pella, Iowa on Saturday 15 June 2013. The balloon was released with three other balloons at 8:10 AM CDT from the eastern end of the Vermeer Corporation factory complex. The system carried an additional communication package that exchanged information with a balloon flown from Taylor University in Upland, IN. The ground station in Upland was able to track the flight of our balloon that burst at 77,000 feet and landed south of Wellman, Iowa about 10:20 AM CDT.
Recovery was accomplished after securing permission of the property owner and the large balloon fragment was left with the young man that accompanied us into the corn field.