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Mike Dewey and Jay Mantri on their way to space

© by Mike Dewey / Jay Mantri / Vimeo

Source | Mike Dewey / Jay Mantri / Vimeo | 05 May 2024 1 minute
Weather balloons, also called sounding balloons, are balloons – specifically a type of high-altitude balloon – which carry instruments aloft to send back information on atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity and wind speed by means of a small, expendable measuring device called a radiosonde. To obtain wind data, they can be tracked by radar, radio direction finding, or navigation systems. Balloons which remain at a constant altitude for long periods of time are referred to as transosondes. Twice a day, every day of the year, weather balloons are released simultaneously from almost 900 locations worldwide! This includes 92 released by the National Weather Service in the US and its territories. The balloon flights last for around 2 hours, can drift as far as 125 miles away, and rise up to over 100,000 ft in the atmosphere! In this video, Mike Dewey and Jay Mantri attach a camera to a weather balloon as it soars up into the atmosphere providing us with breathtaking footage from high above. For more please check out and