Despite hard landing, Cub Scouts’ balloon drift deemed a success

A weather balloon launched Saturday by Cub Scout Pack 323 might have dropped into the Atlantic Ocean had its parachute deployed as expected.

If the parachute had opened, winds likely would have pushed the slow-falling object — equipped with a GoPro camera, GPS technology, a ham radio and other gadgetry — into the water, where it would have been hard to retrieve, said Greg Spiegel, leader of the Webelos den that tackled the project.

Because the pack plans to present its project, including footage taken from the camera, to about 3,000 other Scouts this weekend at the Daytona Scout Days event, Spiegel was glad the pack didn’t have to wait for the balloon to wash ashore.

Ironically, it landed behind the home of a NASA engineer.

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