[Space] revised expectations

Christie Dudley longobord at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 18:17:57 PST 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
* Helium
* 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.

Christie
_______
"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 -
>
> 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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