Comparing the US & EU
As the weekend draws to a close, I just want to leave everyone with a quick update on the progress of the global glider fleet.
Flying the South Atlantic, Challenger continues to make good time. As I mentioned last night, we moved the way point to the north west as we go against what the european model says and follow the US model. We decided this was a better game plan as by taking this path, the worst case scenario is that we fly to the north west and maybe lose a little speed. The other plan would result in us possibly getting pushed south as we follow the cold eddy, and as Dave put it- why should we waist time flying in the wrong direction? Either way, this worst case scenario doesn't seem to be the case as on her last segment, Challenger flew nearly .4 m/s!
To the North, Silbo continues to push onward towards the warm eddy to the south west. Looking to both models, Silbo shouldn't have much longer until he starts feeling the effects of this eddy which we hope will soon begin showing southern, if not neutral currents giving us hope that this 4 month battle will soon be over.
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