Sadly PS-30 pico flight ends

One of our members has passed this along to us.

The small pico party-type balloon from Australia has not made it home and crashed near Madagascar just east of Africa.

Andy Nguyen VK3YT who put the balloon up in Melbourne on December 27, reports it went down early on January 16, just 25 hours short of three weeks in the air.

Andy VK3YT says: “There was some bad weather in the region, but speculations also include the possibility it was brought down (attacked) by the naughty Penguins on the Island.”

A number of radio amateurs from South Africa reported that PS-30 had stopped flying and was down. It had travelled easterly across to the southern tip of New Zealand, the Pacific Ocean to South America, then to Southern Africa, and had a forecast path to Australia.

thanks for sharing although not good news.