[Discuss] Nearspace Balloon

Mon Oct 24 12:21:41 PDT 2011

It looks like the best day and time for this meeting will be this Sunday at
1:00PM at the shop.  Let's plan to meet then and go over exactly what we
want to do with this first balloon launch and then start figuring out how we
are going to do it.


On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM, Kevin King <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> I have been researching the near space balloon project for over a year and
> have many ideas that I would like to share with the group.  Once we meet
> face to face, we could brainstorm several ideas.  I have a sheet of foil
> backed Styrofoam, I think 1" thick, that I was planning to use for the
> payload housing.  Once we have the payload size figured out, we can make a
> container with this material.  There are many payload projects that I have
> in mind for the this project.  I would like for this balloon project to
> continue through several flights.  There are many payload options and
> experiments I would like to try, so I expect to perform several launches.
> One idea we have been tossing around was to possibly participate in this
> years Hackerspaces in Space contest.  http://hackerspacesinspace.com/  If
> we decided to participate, there are rules we would need to follow.  Also
> the deadline is November 28 for the flight.  I think this would be a fun
> project, but with a fast approaching deadline.  For this reason, we were
> thinking of keeping the payload simple and lightweight.  I would like to
> have good telemetry data from this flight that will help us during our
> future flights.  This could also help with PR.  Or it could be launched as
> part of a grand opening for our space.
> One main goal for me personally is to get high quality images of our
> flights.  I have a Canon camera that I have running CHDK specifically for
> this project.  I have been researching options for tilting the camera or
> possibly tilting a mirror in front of the camera in order to get multiple
> camera angles with a single camera.  I would love to have video of the
> balloon popping and additional camera angles of the flight.
> I logged into doodle and set my schedule. Hopefully we can meet soon to
> discuss this in more detail.
> -Kevin
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