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    Default Global Flyer is on the way

    http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer...trol/Tracking/

    He's ahead of schedule so far.

    Good Luck Steve Fossett and Burt Rutan (again!!)

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by hattend
    Holy Cow Don, I hardly ever watch the news... didn't even know they were close to starting this!

    Good find. I really like the "real time" feel of this mission coverage on their site. I clicked in and then the scrolling message changed to "cleared to 47,000 feet"... nice!

    Now for the day we can get real time telemetry feeds out of Reno on the net like Kerch dreams of...

    Again, good find and thanks for giving me something to do other than doing what I'm supposed to be doing..


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    Again, good find and thanks for giving me something to do other than doing what I'm supposed to be doing..
    Heheheh. Same here. He was near the Madiera Islands when I got to work this morning and I've been watching it since then. He's almost to Libya. LOL!! Good thing I have no co-workers in the building and the boss hardly visits.

    I was looking for some footage of the takeoff on the news last night but didn't see a thing. I guess it's more important to the alphabet news shows to give us the lowdown on Michael Jackson or Kobe Bryant.

    The US doesn't need any heroes anymore. (wow, how cynical!)

    Go Steve Go! I'd be nervous flying the route he is on. Hope those idiots in the hot spots of the world don't mistake him for a U2

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    Passing out of Libya into Egypt. Still maintaining about 20 knots more than planned.

    Don

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    I wish the Global Flyer team success. Certainly is a major undertaking.

    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar
    Now for the day we can get real time telemetry feeds out of Reno on the net like Kerch dreams of...
    Actually, that's not very unreasonable and very much doable. Just not sure if it's cost effective for the racer - would have to be something the race org would foot the bill for. Skip thought it would be neat to have it where the race could be broadcast on the internet...

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    ANOTHER LINK:

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/scie...tml?page=5&c=y

    He's a little south of the planned route do to geopolitical concerns and winds aloft.

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mluvara
    Actually, that's not very unreasonable and very much doable. Just not sure if it's cost effective for the racer - would have to be something the race org would foot the bill for. Skip thought it would be neat to have it where the race could be broadcast on the internet...
    I had about 1/3 of the equation setup there for 3 or 4 years running... broadband in a hangar near the ramp.... unfortunately, that *is* only about half of it...

    The closest to being able to do it IMHO would be Bill Pearce and John Parker with Blue Thunder.. HE's got real time telemetry being sent, John's on the field with a bb connection.. they'd be almost 2/3 of the way there.. software and hardware to make the wireless connect between the pits and hangar would be the next.. ok.. maybe that's more like 1/2 the needs...

    You're right though, it'd dooable but dot org would have to be either behind it or approve it because, technically, it would be a live broadcast of the event.. verboten by da rules I think...

    Dunno how many would watch it anyway, web traffic always tails off quite a bit *during* the races... most fans are there, not looking at their puters...

    Might be a way to get a few nerds who would not otherwise watch tho..


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    I heard yesterday that he had launched, but a web search late last night came up empty-handed for current up-to-the-minute news. Glad to hear he got up in the air and is doing fine so far.

    80+ hours of flying non-stop, with only quick cat-naps for rest.....I think this is a case where the phrase "God is my co-pilot" really applies.

    Wish you the best of luck Steve.....Come home safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AirDOGGe
    IWish you the best of luck Steve.....Come home safe.
    Amen to that!


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    The following info is from the official Global Flyer site as of 3:00 am PST

    Mission Status: HALFWAY. 07:01:33 UTC at Mission Control. Elapsed Journey time: 30 hours 15 minutes 06 seconds. Distance covered approximately 9,841 nautical miles.

    Steve has made it halfway, and is pleased with the progress he has made. He is 275 miles west of Kolkatta (Culcutta) and currently traveling at 300 knots/ 345 mph (ground speed).

    All was well on board the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer this morning, despite problems in the first hours of the flight with the Global Positioning System. Steve is happy and alert, and Mission Control have estimated that he could possibly land at midday on Thursday.
    current news can be found at:

    http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer.com/

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    Most up-to-date report

    Last time I looked at the live tracking page at 3:00 am PST, he was over China, just north of Thailand.

    Heading 93.4 degrees
    Speed 300 knots
    Altitude 46,801ft

    The live tracking page can be seen at:

    http://www.virginatlanticglobalflyer...trol/Tracking/

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