[Space] I'm still not sure I believe it

Mikolaj Habryn dichro at rcpt.to
Mon Feb 8 11:59:47 PST 2010


Sadly, yes - the radios that we had were challenging. The launch radio
battery didn't take a charge overnight and was on the verge of death
by the time we realized (shortly before launch), so we swapped it with
the battery from the ground radio. We received steady beacons for a
few minutes onto a handheld radio, and then lost signal. There was one
further peep that we heard from 60,901 feet, which pointed out the
likely problem: -21C temperature, so even if it still had charge, it
would have likely died from that.

When we opened the box, the tracker was still happily trying to send
packets through the radio, but the radio was dead. Luckily, consumer
electronics is made from sterner stuff and happily started chirping
its location via SMS as soon as it descended into wireless coverage...
just as we were opening laptops at Dennys to start the postmortem and
list of things to change to not screw up the next launch ;)

m.

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Christie Dudley <longobord at gmail.com> wrote:
> SMS, totally.  I think the battery died on the radio well before it landed.
> Christie
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> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:34 AM, deleted <arbzed at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Great job, Spacebridge!  You guys totally nailed it on the first attempt.
>>
>> Out of curiousity, which of your tracking methods ended up leading you
>> to the balloon?   APRS or SMS from the G1?
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Praveen Sinha <dmhomee at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Guys I am so proud of you and noisebridge.  The pictures are awesome!
>> > wtg!!  I am deeply sad that I did not have time this month to
>> > participate in
>> > this :(.   "Our hackspace launched shit in to space today - what did you
>> > do"
>> >
>> > Cheers!
>> > Praveen
>> >
>> > On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:24 AM, Christie Dudley <longobord at gmail.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Yah.  So exhausted.  But so excited I can't sleep.  Finally got a
>> >> chance
>> >> to review all the email and chat with folks in IRC.  There's such
>> >> incredible
>> >> enthusiasm for what we accomplished today.  Andy mentioned that it was
>> >> a
>> >> really odd thing that his news of delivering a Scanning Electron
>> >> Microscope
>> >> to the space was dwarfed by our incredible feat.
>> >> Oh, and Mikolaj, I'm sorry I doubted we could get this done by today.
>> >>  I
>> >> clearly was mistaken.
>> >> Christie
>> >> _______
>> >> "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." -- W. Blake.
>> >>
>> >> The outer bounds is only the beginning.
>> >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/genriel/sets/72157623376093724/
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:02 AM, Mikolaj Habryn <dichro at rcpt.to> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>> Totally amazing day :) Thanks to everyone who helped before and during
>> >>> the launch and chase - the story has its share of bizarre chapters,
>> >>> and the blog posts to come should be almost as fantastic as the photos
>> >>> ;)
>> >>>
>> >>> Debrief at Noisebridge on Tuesday at 7pm, prior to the NB general
>> >>> meeting... and we still have two more balloons and another whole tank
>> >>> of helium to find purpose for.
>> >>>
>> >>> m, south of exhausted.
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