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Torabhaig Atlantic Explorer Diary 2024



LIVE UPDATES, NEWS AND PROGRESS REPORTS FROM MISSION CONTROL  



10-06-2024: SIT TIGHT

It’s time to sit tight with conditions set to remain unsuitable for the week ahead.

Our meteorological team reports that on Thursday & Friday a new low pressure system will bring unsettled and windy conditions to Presque Isle before moving east onto the ocean.

Fingers are crossed for better weather soon!


 



09-06-2024: THE WAIT FOR BETTER WEATHER CONTINUES..

As reported in the last update, there have been signs that the weather was set to improve into next week.

Sadly, the latest weather reports from our meteorological team in Europe tell a different story with yet more unsettled weather approaching and an uncertain flight trajectory over the Atlantic Ocean.

The wait for better weather continues..






08-06-2024: UNSETTLED WEATHER ARRIVES.. BETTER WEATHER SOON?

Unsettled weather conditions have arrived at the launchsite in Presque Isle. Nevertheless, there are tentative signs that the weather could be set to improve next week..

 


07-06-2024: UNSETTLED WEATHER CONDITIONS SET TO ARRIVE

Unsettled weather conditions are set to arrive at the launchsite in Presque Isle today. Patience is now the order of the day.. 




05-06-2024: MEETING WITH PRESQUE ISLE POLICE & FIRE DEPT & LOW PRESSURE

Today the team met with Presque Isle, Police & Fire Departments to discuss launch day support and logistics. On the weather, a low pressure system will now dominate the weather over Maine for the coming days.




04-06-2024: TIME OUT

It’s been a busy time for the team in Presque Isle, Maine. With preparations well underway it’s important to take some time out and enjoy what the local area has to offer. This morning conditions were perfect for a hot air balloon flight.


 


03-06-2024: SANDBANGS READY AND WEATHER

Over the weekend the team have successfully filled all the sandbags ready for flight. With the flight window now officially open the meteorological team in Europe are now continually monitoring weather conditions at the launchsite, over the ocean and into Europe. Conditions currently remain unfavourable with unsettled weather set to arrive in Maine by the end of the week.





31-05-2024: HYRDROGEN TUBE TRAILER ARRIVES!

We were delighted to welcome the hydrogen tube trailer and the driver Kevin Horton to the launchsite. A massive THANK YOU to General Hydrogen!

 


27-05-2024: ARRIVAL IN PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE

Bert and the team have now arrived at Presque Isle, Maine to begin preparations ahead of the opening of the launch window on Saturday. Bert has also continued essential comms testing, this time from the Torabhaig Atlantic Explorer basket.


  


21-05-2024: MOVING TO MAINE

The team wil head to Maine at the weekend and begin preparations ahead of the flight window opening on 1st June.


 


12-05-2024: FLIGHT EQUIPMENT TESTING

On May 12, team Torabhaig completed a test flight starting in Eastern Ohio, landing in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. During the flight the team tested essential hardware which will used onboard the Torabhaig Atlantic Explorer.The flight was a stunning success!


The test flight team.. Noah, Jason & Bert