Will it crash into a plane?

Some people have asked if we thought about the possibility of our ballooncraft crashing into an airplane.  We did think about that and here’s what we discovered in our research.

Approximately 1600 weather balloons are released EACH DAY around the world.  There have been zero reported incidents of a weather balloon interfering with an aircraft.

FAA regulations require notification for balloons with payloads greater than 6 pounds; ours was 2.6 pounds.

Here is the link to the regulation: PART 101—MOORED BALLOONS, KITES, AMATEUR ROCKETS AND UNMANNED FREE BALLOONS

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5&node=14:2.0.1.3.15#se14.2.101_11

 

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