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US balloonist fails in bid to cross Atlantic

An American adventurer's bid to float across the Atlantic to Europe under a cluster of 370 colorful helium balloons failed when he was forced to land in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he said Friday. Balloon enthusiast Jonathan Trappe's attempt drew comparisons with the plot of the Oscar-winning animated movie "Up," about a pensioner who uses a similar bunch of balloons to fly his home to South America.

US balloonist fails in bid to cross Atlantic

An American adventurer's bid to float across the Atlantic to Europe under a cluster of 370 colorful helium balloons failed when he was forced to land in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he said Friday. Balloon enthusiast Jonathan Trappe's attempt drew comparisons with the plot of the Oscar-winning animated movie "Up," about a pensioner who uses a similar bunch of balloons to fly his home to South America.

Balloonist's Atlantic bid ends in failure

An American adventurer's bid to float across the Atlantic to Europe in a rowboat suspended by 370 helium balloons failed when he was forced to land in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, he said Friday. Balloon enthusiast Jonathan Trappe's attempt had earned comparisons with the plot of Oscar-winning animated movie "Up", about a pensioner who uses balloons to fly his home to South America. However, Trappe's daring intercontinental flight ended late Thursday before he attempted the difficult Atlantic crossing.

High-altitude balloon launched from Timmins, Ont., lands in Quebec

LONGUEUIL, Que. - The Canadian Space Agency says the first stratospheric balloon successfully launched in Canada has landed in northwestern Quebec. An agency official says it landed about 40 kilometres southeast of the town of Senneterre. The balloon was launched from Timmins, Ont., on Wednesday night and was in flight for 10 hours. The driving distance between Timmins and Senneterre is approximately 400 kilometres. A recovery team was sent to the landing site to retrieve hardware from the balloon, which was launched under a joint Canadian-French program.

Space agency launches high altitude balloon from Timmins, Ont. on second attempt

LONGUEUIL, Que. - The Canadian Space Agency says it has successfully launched the first stratospheric balloon in Canada under a joint Canadian-French program. Wednesday night's launch was the second attempt after a launch planned for Monday night had to be scrubbed due to unfavourable weather. The balloon was launched from Timmins, Ont., at 8:35 p.m. EDT and is to ascend to nearly 32 kilometres, and fly for about four to ten hours. The agency says it should land in a 500 kilometre radius area from the launch site.

Japanese man killed in hot air balloon plunge

An elderly Japanese man plunged to his death in a lake after falling out of a hot air balloon, police said Monday. Takuo Hayasaka, 70, was thrown from the basket when the balloon suddenly lost altitude over Lake Yanaka in eastern Japan on Sunday morning. Two other people aboard, a 46-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man, were uninjured. The survivors told police their balloon briefly touched the surface of the lake before regaining altitude. They said their companion had tipped out of the basket before it started ascending again, a police officer said.

Google's Project Loon explores balloon-powered Internet access

(Reuters) - Google Inc has launched a small network of balloons over the Southern Hemisphere in an experiment it hopes could bring reliable Internet access to the world's most remote regions, the company said late Friday. The pilot program, Project Loon, took off this month from New Zealand's South Island, using solar-powered, high-altitude balloons that ride the wind about 12.5 miles - twice as high as airplanes - above the ground, Google said.

A look at Google's launch of Internet-beaming balloons

Google is experimenting with balloons that beam the Internet from the sky. WHAT? The helium-filled balloons are made from a thin polyethylene film and are 15 metres (49 feet) in diameter when fully inflated. WHERE? They float in the stratosphere about 20 kilometres (12 miles) above the Earth.

Ghana's nascent space program aims to launch Coke-sized model of satellite

KOFORIDUA, Ghana - Their goal might not sound like much: The college students plan Wednesday to launch a tiny model of a satellite the size of a Coke can a mere 200 yards (meters) into the air. Yet in this developing West African country that recently launched the Ghana Space Science and Technology Center, ambitious organizers hope it's a sign of things to come.

Survivors of Peru balloon crash withstand 9 hours afloat

Lima, Apr 29 (EFE).- The five young women who survived the crash of a hot air balloon in the Pacific Ocean south of Lima endured nine hours afloat in the water and are recovering Monday at a Peruvian military hospital. Some of the survivors did not know how to swim, but stayed afloat by hanging onto the balloon, which had neither a GPS device nor life jackets. The pilot, who also couldn't swim, and another passenger, who tried to swim ashore, are still missing, and the search for them has been impeded by the dense fog along the Lima coast.
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