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September 10, 2014

Wednesday Meeting
  • Sign-in Sheets
    • Team assignment
      • New students - write down preferred team
    • Yes/No prospective launch dates
  • September 27th Launch (tentative)
  • Go over a basic launch day
    • Timeline

      • ~3:30 AM - Arrive at Ham Shack
        • Pack up Equipment
      • ~4:00 AM
        • Depart Ham Shack
      • ~6:00 AM – Arrive at launch site
        • Check for overhead obstructions (such as power lines)
        • Begin to set up your equipment
        • Ensure tracking equipment is functioning
        • Begin to fill up balloon
        • String together balloon train
      • ~7:00 AM – Launch payload
        • Try to launch shortly after sunrise when the surface winds are calmest
        • Have tracking vehicles head towards expected landing site, and adjust as needed
      • ~8:15 AM – Balloon bursts, payload begins to descend
      • ~9:30 AM – Payload returns to surface
        • Hopefully the tracking team is not too far behind to make a quick recovery
      • ~10:30 AM – Hopefully the payload should be recovered by this time
      • ~12:00 PM – Return to Ham Shack
    • Come Prepared
      • Wear jeans, boots (or old shoes)
      • Bring jackets (will be cold in the mornings)
      • Bring water, sandwiches for lunch
    • Do not rush onto people's property
      • We have to introduce ourselves and gain permission to access their land
  • We expect to fly
    • Iridium
    • New Data-logger
  • Driver Situation
    • Number of current drivers
    • Interested students talk with Brandan Nelson
  • Next Wednesday
    • Launch Predictions
    • balloon train finalized
    • equipment tested in flight configuration
    • weights
  • After Launch
    • Data analysis
    • Post-launch Presentations
    • Team Project Development
Break into teams
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