[Space] revised expectations

Samuel Coniglio sam.coniglio at gmail.com
Tue Feb 2 23:02:38 PST 2010


Best of Luck! I'm caught up in Drinkbots and Arduino programming right  
now. Wish I could join you.

Sam

-- Samuel Coniglio
Teacher, Photographer, Designer, Space Tourism Advocate, Adventurer,  
Lion Tamer

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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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