A last update on this thread from me, or at least probably for a few weeks. The balloon flew north into Ukraine last night and into a region with very few TTN gateways and virtually none with outdoor antenna. So I wasn’t expecting it to check in early this morning and it didn’t but a couple of hours later a single gateway established contact for an hour or so and gave the balloon’s position as close to Kiev.
The gateway, which was in Kiev itself, was an indoor one according to the TTN website and I can only guess it has a view of the sky through a window.
Short though this “drive by” contact was it was reassuring to see the balloon is staying at the same altitude.
The balloon is likely to swing east over the coming day or so. There is a chance it could swing back west into Europe but this is a lower probability than an eastern route although the weather can never be predicted with precision. If it does go east it will pass a little north of Moscow and then if it is very lucky probably reach the Pacific somewhere near Japan. If very, very lucky it will return to Europe via the Atlantic in about three weeks.
This is the last know position today:
If the balloon does swing back west I will post an update tomorrow otherwise, it it goes east we will all have to wait and see if it pops up again next month.