Balloon launch scheduled!

Posted by 3ricj on 5 May 2008

We are go for launch on Saturday morning, 5/10/2008 around 9am PST!

We will post information about the launch, and provide links so you can watch the location from the comfort of your own home.

Here is the short summary of our plan:

- Launch an autonomous glider which has been lifted by a huge balloon to over 90,000 feet. If it goes as planned, the software will glide the glider back to us. Codename: Habit.
- Launch a ballloon with scientific instrumentation onboard. Codename: Rehab.

There are also rumors of a 3rd balloon launch. Watch this spot for more information. Wish us luck.

Posted in: High Altitude  

2 Responses

  1. Mike Manes W5VSI Said,


    Are you aware that your glider is subject to new FAA regulations covering Unmanned
    Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flying in civil airspace? See:

    We've been restricted from flying similar homing payloads for U. Colo and U. Ky
    to the effect that we must not release the glider until below 18,000 ft MSL in
    descent under a parachute, and then only if we have and maintain visual contact
    with the bird so that we can implement standard "see and avoid" VFR maneuvers
    around other aircraft.

    73 de Mike W5VSI

    Posted on May 5th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

  2. Jennifer Said,

    Thank you for sending me this link. I loved the early monring. I can feel the monring air and excitement of the ballooning to come. I loved watching the laying out of the balloon and the close ups of the setting up and then taking off of the balloons. It showed me the dedication and the love these people have for their sport and hobby. Thanks

    Posted on December 27th, 2012 at 7:52 am

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