[islandlabs] Launch Date?

John Teddy masterjediyoda at gmail.com
Wed Feb 10 00:54:22 EST 2010

I very much agree with Bill's assessment, we need to launch soon. The first
launch date is the weekend after next, that is less than two weeks from now.

Kuzew how is APRS coming, can you finish it in time?

Jonathan, did you find that cell phone? If not are you going to order
another one?

We need to test to communications system we use before the launch, we we
have to do that as well.

I've volunteered my Subaru wagon to pickup the helium tank, the total cost
temporarily is $300 ... I agreed to split this with Bill. We'll get a $150
deposit back from that $300, assuming we don't drop the tank off a bridge or
ruin it in some way.

We have everything we need except a proof of concept on the remote
communications system. The parachute has been bought, I have the camera (my
camera is the best quality, and will take the best video compared to the
others), balloon is ready. We have a helium location and a vehicle for
transporting it. We're coming in on the home stretch here, everyone chime in
on if you can make the dates, and what you think. Also if anyone wants to
step up for more funding, that is also appreciated. Who is riding in what
cars, who is taking their car with them. We should have a system for sharing
gas prices, and toll prices, etc.

Next week should be all efforts to assembling the payload, planning that all
out. We need to make sure this is highly organized and we have step by step
layout of what will take place.

Also, when testing the remote communications equipment. We should have two
teams, and have one team hide the device... and the other team finds it. As
a practice run, so we are all familiar with the protocols we'll be using,
and have a real proof of concept for search and rescue.


P.S. The balloon launch takes priority over radio show in my opinion.

On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 12:33 AM, Burns, William <burns at cshl.edu> wrote:

> We're running out of time before I-Con...
> So.. There are only 5 possible launch weekends:
> Saturday Feb 20th ? conflicts w/ radio show?
> Sunday Feb 28th. (I'll be meeting w/ some ham radio guys on Saturday)
> Saturday March 6th
> Sunday March 14th
> Saturday March 20th ? conflicts w/ radio show?
> I saw the parachute today. It looks good. very light-weight material.
> We still need to get firmware onto the camera, but John is volunteering his
> if that doesn't work out.
> So... I need to get a hose and a fitting to match the helium tank.
> Then, we need to get an APRS setup, find the cell-phone, or buy a new one.
> Otherwise, we're down to assembling the payload.
> I assume that the snow will keep us from meeting this week.
> I suggest that we assemble the payload next week in an attempt to be ready
> for the first potential lauch date. (Feb 20th)
> On launch day we'll need to pick-up a helium tank (at 8:00am?) gather up
> the chase team, and drive to our launch site. (yet to be picked, but Joe and
> Amy have done some research on that subject)
> Figure that we'll spend 3 hours after the launch waiting for, and then
> finding the balloon landing site.
> W/ travel time, this could be a pretty full day.
> Thoughts?
> -Bill
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