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Steve Fossett Steve Fossett

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO.

Launch Window: December-January
Cruising Altitude: 20,000 to 26,000 feet; ceiling of 33,000 feet
Duration: 15 days
Outside Air Temperature: -55 to -70 degrees C
Speed: over ocean 50 mph, land 35mph, maximum 150 mph

The Balloon
Preparing the Solo Spirit
Type: De Rozier
Height: 160 feet
Fabric: Polyester, covered in aluminized mylar
The Capsule
Weight: 1,200 pounds
Fuel: 700 gallons of propane and ethane
Fuel Cylinders: 11 large and 4 small tanks
Total weight of the the balloon: 8,000 pounds
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • HF radio and VHF radio
  • EPIRB: Satellite emergency locator
Atmospheric Research

A research project is being developed for the flight.
Check out the other global contenders.
Take me to the Solo Spirit web site.

Photos: (2) John Blake/Washington University Photo Services.

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