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October 2011 Pre Launch Report

Goals

Purpose of Flight: This flight's main purpose is to drop Snowflake, an autonmous GPS guided parafoil, from an altitude of 50,000 feet. Snowflake is a project being developed by Marc Murbach, Kenny Boronowsky, and Josh Benton of NASA Ames.

Flight Goals

  • Launch the entire payload on Saturday October 8th, 2011 from Benge, WA.
  • Cut Snowflake away from the Vast capsule at an altitude of 50,000 feet
  • Snowflake's parafoil will properly inflate, and Snowflake will head due west.
  • Both payloads will be recovered on Oct. 8th.
Logistics

Weather
  • Expected Temperatures (deg F): 43/65
  • Expected Cloud Cover: 26%
  • Expected % Precipitation: 0%
  • Expected Jet Stream Direction: South-East
Predicts
  • Predict Date: 10/7/2011 8:00PM
Vehicles
  • Airplane
    • Pilot
      • Dave
    • Passenger
    • Silas Van Natter
  • Driver 1 – Stephen Goodwin (Subaru) - 180 Miles
    • Kevin Witkoe
    • Mathew Guthrie
    • Michael Lanier
  • Driver 2 – Jacob Linddicoat (BMW) - 180 Miles
    • George Korbel
    • Ingrid Kooda
    • Brian Kisling
    • Nicholas Krenowicz
  • Driver 3 - Kevin Ramus - 170 Miles
    • Walter Taresh
    • Carlos Gonzalez
    • Nicholas Rodriguez
    • Josh Van Patton
  • Driver 4 - Ed Galindo - 170 Miles
    • Josh Egan
    • Tim Lenberg
    • Silas Van Natter
  • Driver 5 - Justin Postma - 212 Miles
    • Brian Cheldelin
    • Zachary Harker
    • Jeff Osterberg
    • Victor Zarate
Recovery Teams
  • Snowflake
    • Kevin Ramus
    • Ed Galindo
  • Vast
    • Justin Postma
    • Stephen Goodwin
    • Jacob Linddicoat
Team Logistics

Comm
  • Lead:
  • Equipment to be Flown
  • Member Roles
  • Concerns
C&DH
  • Lead:
  • Equipment to be Flown
  • Member Roles
  • Concerns
Imaging / Science
  • Lead:
  • Equipment to be Flown
  • Member Roles
  • Concerns
Structures
  • Lead:
  • Equipment to be Flown
  • Member Roles
  • Concerns
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