[Space] Why the payload was bouncing around some much.

Michael O m at dgmo.org
Mon Feb 8 13:20:54 PST 2010


Some discussion at lunch reminded me to mention my pet theory for why the
payload was bouncing around to much.
I'd originally assume it was wind shear layers, but the video shows it was
moving around fairly violently for pretty much all the ascent.

So my new theory is that having a 7ft+ balloon rising at a pretty decent
pace leaving a bunch of turbulent air beneath it which the payload is being
dragged through.

This makes adding fins or suchlike to the payload a non-starter I think.
It'll just make it even more affected by the turbulence.
So now I'm back to having no idea how to usefully stablize the payload.
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