[Space] revised expectations

Mikolaj Habryn dichro at rcpt.to
Wed Feb 3 18:39:13 UTC 2010

On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 11:02 PM, Samuel Coniglio <sam.coniglio at gmail.com> wrote:
> Best of Luck! I'm caught up in Drinkbots and Arduino programming right now.
> Wish I could join you.

Looking forward to seeing the results at Roboexotica - and we'll save
some launching for you, don't worry :)


> Sam
> -- Samuel Coniglio
> Teacher, Photographer, Designer, Space Tourism Advocate, Adventurer, Lion
> Tamer
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 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 -
>> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=37.648762,-121.377983&spn=0.214204,0.318947&t=h&z=12
>> - 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.
>> m.
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