VALE, Ore. – The full photo voltaic eclipse has come and gone, and so has an costly climate balloon used to trace to trace the occasion.
Now an Arizona advertising firm is asking in your assist to seek out it.
SpiritVen, a advertising service firm that got here to japanese Oregon to attempt to seize a 360-diploma video of Monday’s complete photo voltaic eclipse, launched a excessive-altitude climate balloon from simply outdoors of Vale, hoping to get video of the Earth through the eclipse from about one hundred,000 ft within the air.
In response to David Roman, co-founding father of SpiritVen, the balloon was a part of a advertising marketing campaign for a pure historical past museum that’s within the works in Arizona, and the video they captured was to be placed on show in that museum.
Roman says all was going properly till they hit about 20,000 ft and misplaced all contact with the balloon, together with the digital camera and the GPS system hooked up to it.
The balloon’s destiny continues to be a thriller, and now the corporate is providing a reward of $1,000 to anybody who can discover it.
Roman thinks, based mostly on the balloon’s heading and the winds on the time, it must be someplace in Idaho.
“We expect it is anyplace from north of Boise to Solar Valley, if it did hit that altitude (20,000 ft),” says Roman. “However it’s most certainly within the mountain ranges up there approaching Solar Valley if it hit one hundred,000 ft.”
The balloon ought to have a yellow and purple striped parachute hooked up to it, in addition to elements and mementos, together with a meteorite from the Arizona museum and a John Glenn motion determine.
The entire system value SpiritVen about $thirteen,000 to deploy and they’re hoping to get it again. If anybody ought to come throughout it they need to name him at (480) 789-9829, or e mail him at David@SpiritVen.com.