Space Balloon

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Hive13 Project
Space Program
Status: Active
Start Date: 04/29/2010


What

As part of the Hackerspaces in Space competition, Hive13 will be sending a weather balloon to approximately 70,000 feet above sea level to capture photographs.

Equipment

Needed

  • GPS (G1)
  • Cellphone (G1)
  • Balloon
  • Camera (Canons)
  • Housing for everything (cooler)
  • Parachute
  • Helium
    • http://www.amusementrental.com/equipment.php -- $20 for tank, $10 for 100lbs helium - about $150 for the minimum amount we need (70 cubic feet at minimum)
    • Place by me (reportingsjr) rents full tanks (230-250 cubic feet) for $150 and a $50 refundable deposit
  • Altimeter
    • Could we build our own, like this?
    • Parachute deployment
  • Tether

Acquired

  • 8' Latex Weather Balloon
  • Chris' Flip HD camera
    • Have run into a problem with the camera. Because of the FAT32 filesystem it uses, a single video is limited to a maximum size of 4GB. The first video I shot was 57 minutes long, and the wildly gyrating video we can expect from the balloon will be a good deal shorter. For the first launch we can probably just hit record right before launch and take what we get.
  • Ryan's Android G1
  • Styrofoam coolers
  • Parachute
  • 2x Canon A530's w/ CHDK for time lapse

Construction

Overview

Environment

The payload will experience:

  • temperatures ranging from ... to ...
  • moisture
  • thin atmosphere
  • wind, g forces
  • shocks, crashes

Chassis

Tether

Parachute

Pictures

Telemetry

Payload Software

Base Software

Launch

Potential Sites

FAA Rules Etc

Hey, read these ok?

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=ea968eea871ed9ab2380f6d979eaa7a6&rgn=div5&view=text&node=14:2.0.1.3.15&idno=14

Recovery

To Do List

  • Figure out what combination of equipment we need to use to stay under the $250 limit.
  • Figure out what we need to do with the FAA to launch balloon
    • As I understand it, payloads of under 4lbs do not require FAA notification, but it couldn't hurt to get confirmation. Fuzz 12:39, 6 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Find a good a launch site
    • Someplace that is not ... "within the lateral boundaries of the surface areas of Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class E airspace designated for an airport;"

Are You Crazy

Probably

Participants

Jason

Chris

Chris Davis

Jon (reportingsjr)

Links


Equipment Etc

Other Groups

Just Pics

Results