[Space] revised expectations
longobord at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 02:17:57 UTC 2010
I suddenly find myself with a great deal more time on my hands. I'll be
looking into this over the next few days and should be able to get the
following ready to go:
* Hooking up all the APRS stuff when it comes in
* Mapping out all the tools and getting a good projection.
I don't know how much time I will have on Saturday, as I'm moving and that's
a good day to enlist help for the bigger stuff. It'll be my goal to have it
all ready to go by Friday if we have a good plan together.
I'd also like to go scout out a launch site one afternoon this week if
anyone's game to come with me.
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." -- W. Blake.
On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 6:07 PM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
> Sunday's meeting resulted in a grand new plan... to launch THIS WEEKEND.
> At this stage we're still waiting on the FAA to chat about longer term
> plans (presumably they're busy keeping planes from crashing into each
> other and such bagatelles), but if we take care to stay under the
> FAR101 requirements and out of air corridors, we should be fine. Ozzy
> suggests launching from somewhere around here -
> - and staying south of 132.
> There's a surprisingly small list of things to do (they're in wave,
> tagged spacebridge - I haven't added everyone by hand, but subscribing
> to spacebridge at googlegroups.com should magically give you edit access
> to that wave and all the others - just don't start emailing that
> address!). Thanks to Brian, Blake and Christopher (who have Done This
> Before - http://spaceballoonproject.blogspot.com/) we have a parachute
> and guidance on making CHDK work on the camera.
> Two more balloons and all the APRS gear are currently in transit;
> Andrew has the G1 and will make it even smarter before launch.
> Problems left to solve (from wave):
> * payload enclosure and rigging
> * confirm where we're getting helium and arrange to have two tanks
> waiting (ideally for weekend pickup), and what we need to know to
> safely move it around
> * the APRS tracker will require external power (but everything else
> has its own batteries)
> * consult tools mentioned at various earlier points to plot likely
> trajectories and select a precise launch location
> * who will be available for assembling things on Saturday and
> launching/chasing on Sunday
> Let's do this.
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