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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 June, 2003, 07:33 GMT 08:33 UK
Explorer's second Atlantic crossing bid
David Hempleman-Adams
Hempleman Adams has his sights set on a new world record
A British explorer is waiting to take off from Pittsburgh on a second attempt to cross the Atlantic single-handed in a balloon.

David Hempleman-Adams's first effort in September last year ended abruptly when the onboard autopilot on the hot air balloon failed.

The 46-year-old from Box, Wiltshire, will face temperatures of -30C in a wicker basket.

"I wanted to have a second attempt at this record - last year we had technical problems - I am confident this year we have every chance to succeed," said Mr Hempleman-Adams.

If successful, the voyage will break the solo world distance record for the AM-08 Roziere class of balloon - one which uses a combination of helium and hot air.

He will have to cope with sleep deprivation, high altitude, temperatures well below freezing and treacherous Atlantic weather conditions.

A decision about where he will land in Europe will be dependent on wind conditions.

Mr Hempleman-Adams will use the voyage to highlight the Special Olympics World Games.




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