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September 2, 2013

Team Lead Meeting - Tuesday

  • Set up team lead meeting time
    • Monday or Tuesday times
  • Semester Plan
    • Prelaunch
      • Show new team members your hardware / software
      • Explain to them what your team does and how your team’s role fits into launch day
      • Make sure you have experienced people working on flight critical tasks
      • Basically, get your new team members brought up to speed, and get ready to fly
    • Launch
      • Will Fishnauts be an option?
      • Still need to touch base with Marc about Snowflake specifics
    • Post Launch
      • Focus on gathering data, create presentations
      • Tutorials
        • Basic tutorials
        • tutorials for tracking, Comp E, EE, ME
        • Everyone in class must complete, have 3 weeks of round robin events
      • Projects to work on for spring semester
      • Parachute deployment device
      • GPS Data logging for tracking vehicles
      • Send GPS over Bluetooth to laptops and transmit over ham band
Class - Wednesday
  • 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 very cold in the mornings)
      • Bring water, sandwiches for lunch
    • How to choose where / when to launch
      • Software
    • Do not rush onto people's property
      • We have to introduce ourselves and gain permission to access their land
  • We expect to fly
    • Fishnauts
      • "Dry" run
        • Fly without the fish
    • Snowflake
      • Still trying to figure out what we will be doing exactly

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