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America’s Challenge gas balloon race record

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Albuquerque, NM – The first place for the longest distance record in the gas balloon race starting off from Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta won by the Swiss team.  Nearly 60 hours aloft for 2,278 miles the Swiss team landed near the Newfoundland border in a remote area in Canada.  The Swiss team of Nicolas Tieche and Laurent Sciboz broke the record that was set in 2000 with 1,998 miles by brothers David and Alan Levin. 


The record flown in Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett championship in 2005 of 2,113 miles was also broken by the Swiss Team.  Andy Cayton from the U.S. and Krzysztof Zapart from Poland took second place touching down along the Quebec Coast on Tuesday.  Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke from the Albuquerque were champions last year landed in Vermont for third place.  Eight gas balloons took off from the Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday evening.  This is the 22nd America’s Challenge gas balloon race at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.


Balloon Fiesta Day Three

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Albuquerque, NM – Balloonists arrived early in the morning for the first day of briefing Competition to hear if they would be able to launch from outside the field and head back into the field to compete.  The Competition that was to launch at 7 a.m. was cancelled because of high winds.  About an hour later the winds lessened allowing the flags to change from yellow to green for balloons on launch from the field.  The launch off the field filled the sky with bountiful colors.

 

Zebras were busy directing the balloons on the field to launch.  Zebras are people dressed in black and white striped shirts to officiate as launch directors.  Zebras keep an orderly launch of the balloons as they set for lift off at 7 a.m.   The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has over 3000 dedicated volunteers that put long hours in daily to make the Fiesta a number one event that multi-thousands of spectators attend.  Chase crews are an essential group of volunteers that help the pilots inflate, launch, land and deflate for each flight. 

International Balloon Fiesta

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America's Challenge Balloon Race Launch
Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has entered the 46th year of prestigiously recognized as the Balloon Fiesta in the world.  Balloonists from all over the world come to Albuquerque, New Mexico to launch at Mass Ascension in the mornings at 7:00 am.  Ceremonies start at 5:45 am with a sophisticated Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol Show, Krispy Kreme Morning Glow and Opening Ceremonies before the official launching of hundreds of balloons. 

 

Saturday Mass Ascension was a perfectly beautiful morning with all factors making for an amazing launch.  America’s Challenge Balloon Race Inflation started at 2:00 in the afternoon with the official launch completing by 7:15 pm.  The day ended with a Twilight Twinkle Glow and a combination of laser show and an impressive fireworks display.  The week is filled with continuous events for the public to come out and enjoy and learn from all the pilots and crew.  The final day is Sunday, October 15.


Technology infrastructures hacking

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The infrastructures of today are increasingly being challenged with the ability of hackers to alter or entirely stop the product from performing its function.  Wind turbines that use wind for transfer of power to homes and multi-electrical uses are vulnerable.  Increasing the number of wind power throughout the world has caused concern to the technicians.  The question continues on how to keep ahead of the hacker so that the grid doesn’t get locked down.

 

Also, as the future of automotive cars becomes increasingly prevalent for the public to operate hackers are causing continual challenges for the industry to block the invasion in order protect the public.  Elimination of the vulnerability as the world becomes more autonomous is keeping many technical people up at night on how do they keep ahead of the potential attack. The public needs to be aware of what to do if the “what if” occurs.


Solar eclipse of 2017

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The long awaited solar eclipse for 2017 had millions of people mesmerized.  All that traveled miles to a destination to view were ecstatic with the experience.  Not the entire pathway had clear skies with clouds impacting and creating a unique effect with small breaks in the sky in some areas but the effect was still ominous.  A one chance in a lifetime to witness day turn into night for a little over two minutes as the moon blocked the sun.  Temperature dropped, nature became quiet, Venus, Mercury and bright stars became visible for the brief moments of this amazing phenomenon.

 

The corridor of the eclipse followed a pathway from Oregon to South Carolina with a 70-mile pathway.  The United States saw the last total solar eclipse in 1979 that stretched over only five states in the Northwest experiencing total darkness.

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