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

Michael O m at dgmo.org
Mon Feb 8 14:09:37 PST 2010

I think it's less the drag on the payload, and more than the balloon is
dumping turbulent air onto it. So streamlining it won't stop it being bashed
around by frothing vorticies of air.

The much longer tether is pretty much the only useful think I could think of

On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM, Christie Dudley <longobord at gmail.com> wrote:

> What if we made the payload more bullet or torpedo shaped?  If it's being
> bounced because of drag from the top, it makes sense to reduce that.  I was
> wondering why they put pointy ends on the EOSS payloads they pictured.  That
> would explain it.
> Christie
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> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:25 PM, Jonathan Moore <moore at eds.org> wrote:
>> Well we should use a much longer tether next time. That would help
>> with the effects you describe but also with other effects too.
>> Also did any one else notice how clearly we were in two different
>> winds during the flight. If you look at the kml file you can see that
>> at lower altitudes we went mostly south but at upper mostly west. For
>> people wanting to steer the balloon it seems that changing altitude
>> might be a easy way to do it.
>> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:20 PM, Michael O <m at dgmo.org> wrote:
>> >
>> > 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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