[EMS Discuss] Nearspace balloon

Thu May 31 14:37:57 PDT 2012

I'm in. Tell me when, where, and what!

--- Ellery Weber

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM, Rick Osgood <EMAIL HIDDEN> wrote:

> Let's get this project back off the ground.  We need to figure out where
> we left off and what is left to do.  Off the top of my head I can think of
> the following things:
> 1) Finish the payload chassis, make sure it is strong enough and won't
> fall apart in the air.
> 2) Ensure the chassis has a way to attach to the balloon and parachute
> 3) Test out the APRS tracking system and fit it securely into the chassis.
> 4) Securely fit the camera into the chassis
> 5) Purchase lithium batteries for everything.
> 6) Determine weight of the full completed payload
> 7) Purchase a balloon that can lift the payload and then some (purchase at
> least 2 so we have an extra)
> 8) We need to figure out how much lifting gas we need and what it will
> cost. Also, helium or hydrogen?
> 9) Get APRS ground tracking stations together so we can track this thing
> from vehicles.
> Those are some of the main steps I know we have left.  I can work on
> completing the balloons GPS/APRS tracking system since I almost had it
> completed anyway.  I also have a ground station that I know works but I can
> get it back out and test it.  Having a second ground station would be a
> good idea if anyone else has the gear to make that happen.
> Lets get some volunteers to get the rest of this stuff done.  When it
> comes to purchasing stuff, lets just get the research done so we know how
> much it will cost, then bring the cost back to the group so we can raise
> funds together to purchase the supplies.
> Other ideas? Thoughts?  A better way to do this?  I just want to give this
> project a kick so we can go to near space!
> Rick
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