Handing the wheel to the Students
So today our family got a little bigger- a fresh new group of students joined Silbo's cause! Collin, Zach, Francesca, Kyle, Lawrence, Francesca, and Jeff today spoke with myself and Antonio and then sat down and picked a new way point, proposed it to Ben and the rest of the Silbo team, and then Ben fed Silbo their input. As of this morning when these events occurred, Silbo was flying almost directly into the current, causing his progress to slow to about 7 km/day. With the warm eddy just out of our reach to the south west, the new group picked a way point closer to the glider and to the west, hoping to close the angle between Silbo's flight and the direction of the current. This group will also be creating a comparison over the remainder of the semester in an attempt to validate the US and EU models.
To the south, Challenger continues to make good progress as she consistently records speeds of over 12 km/ ~10 hr segment. We will be keeping a close eye on her progress over the next couple days as we are flying down a small channel that looks like it has potential to give us some resistance if we drift too far to the west. If this is the case we would have to steer further to the north in order to get around the small warm eddy in our vicinity as we surf towards the north running jet.
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