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Dick Rutan Dick Rutan and a yet-to-be-determined co-pilot.


Albuquerque, NM Balloon Fiesta Park


Launch Window: January 1998 - March 1998
Cruising Altitude: 32,000 and 36,000
Duration: 9-14 days
Speed: 100-200 mph

The Balloon

Design: Rozier
Height: 170 feet
Fabric: Poly helium cell with mylar skin

The Capsule

Fuel: quad burner propane system
Diameter: 8 feet (sphere)
Total Weight of the Balloon: 2,000 pounds

  • Inmarsat satellite communications
  • VHF-HF-GPS-Radar Altimeter
  • 406 MC satellite recovery beacon
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Photo: Kim Jews Studio.

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