[EMS Discuss] Nearspace balloon

Kassandra Kaplan EMAIL HIDDEN
Thu May 31 14:51:09 PDT 2012

I'm interested in working on 7&8 and helping with the ARPS (3&9).


On 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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