[AARA] CAPE: CrawSat III – Failed Launch and Relaunch Plans

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Wed Dec 22 18:24:51 EST 2010

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*CrawSat III – Failed Launch and Relaunch Plans* 

Posted: 20 Dec 2010 11:35 PM PST

First of all I just want to thank everyone who came out this morning to 
help launch the Weather Balloon. I know today didn’t exactly go as 
planned or at all as planned actually. But you guys were great. Special 
round of thanks for Chase and Ethan for going to incredible lengths to 
recover the package.

To those who were not present, or missed what actually happened, here is 
a brief synopsis I got from the launch team when they returned to the lab:

It would appear, the weight of the package, and ping pong balls was too 
great for the weather balloon set aside for us. The weather balloon was 
designed for payloads up to 5 lbs, we had the payload exceed that, and 
the package ended up pulling the balloon down in the Lake Charles 
Airport in a brush of trees. Thanks to the launch team turned recovery 
team, we were able to retrieve the balloon package and parachute 
virtually unscathed by cutting down the tree with a chainsaw borrowed 
from the airport. Sadly we lost the cutdown mechanism somehow.

Needless to say, we will attempt a relaunch. At the moment, we will be 
shooting for a January 8th,2011 launch, and rerunning a few tests on 

Special thanks to Ashley Yelverton for some amazing photos of launch 
day. Below are a few pictures, for full gallery go here: 


- Checking Landing Predictions


– Preparing to launch


- Launch Team (Chase Savoy, Ashley Yelverton, Ethan Oliver, Trey Oliver)

- and its flying!


- and now stuck in tree…..:(

For more photos by Ashley and more information: 

Stay tuned for updates on a January 8th, 2011 Launch


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