3:47 PM

Made Nagasaki, next stop, Kent, U.K

Steve Fossett and GlobalFlyer were happily cruising over Japan at 23:38 UTC today, but the loss of some fuel on ascent from Kennedy Spaace Center has complicated the mission:

There are still concerns about the 750 lb of fuel that the VA GlobalFlyer lost during ascent from Kennedy Space Centre. Jon Karkow and the team calculated that the VA GlobalFlyer would reach Kent International Airport with between 500 lbs and 1,000 lbs of fuel left, but there is now no margin for error.
Crews at Virgin Atlantic Mission Control are assessing deminished winds over the Atlantic, trying to chart the best course for Fossett on his mega-inbound leg to England.

Keep track of the rest of the flight here.

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