High-altitude balloon lands, is lost near Keithsburg, Ill. [The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa]
(Hawk Eye, The (Burlington, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 18--CEDAR RAPIDS -- A group of engineers who launched a high-altitude balloon Saturday in Cedar Rapids are hoping people in the area of Keithsburg, Ill., will keep an eye out for the device.
After reaching an altitude of about 85,000 feet on a flight path taking it over southeast Iowa, the balloon crossed the Mississippi River and was believed to have landed in the vicinity of 1st Avenue and County Road 1900 East.
Search efforts by a recovery team Saturday failed to turn up the payload of amateur radio experiments and cameras.
The launch, sponsored by the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club, Collins Amateur Radio Club and Rockwell Collins Inc., the Iowa High Altitude Balloon Project launch was in conjunction with Engineers Week 2013.
Organizers now are asking the public to be on the lookout for the payload, which may be laying in a field, backyard or treetop. The payload, which was designed to demonstrate to students how amateur radio technology and engineering work together, is not dangerous, and consists of a white foam box and yellow and orange parachute.
People with information are asked to call Marshall Dias at (641) 777-7046.
To learn more about the Iowa High Altitude Balloon Project, and to see photos and video from the launch, visit ihabproject.com.
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