[AARA] Balloon Launch Rundown
kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Sat Feb 5 21:36:45 EST 2011
*Balloon Launch Rundown*
Friday February 4, 2011
I just got off the phone with the Lake Charles Weather Station, and they
are saying our winds are looking great for a launch tomorrow. As are the
conditions for our plane to join in the recovery efforts out of New
Iberia. Our team is planning to meet in the CAPE Lab tomorrow morning
between 5:30 am and 6:00 am to begin preparing our vehicles for the day.
Around 6:30 am we will be calling the Lake Charles Weather Station for a
final update on the weather conditions, and using their data and our own
predictions based off the winds make a final decision to fly or not
tomorrow. Assuming we can fly tomorrow, Our Lake Charles Team will be
leaving the lab at 7:00 am, and should be ready to release the balloon
by 8:20 - 8:30 am. We will be sending out recovery teams around 8:00 am.
Currently we are predicting a landing in Moureaville, LA. This is
variable to change though.
Anyone interested in joining us for the day in the lab are more then
welcome to join us. I will be sending out another email in the morning
once we've determined the final decision to fly.
*Saturday February 5, 2011
Just to let everyone know, the Balloon team has just deployed the Launch
Team to Lake Charles, and in the process of getting recovery teams
underway. Below is a link of where we believe the balloon will land near
Will update everyone on progress during day. Call Rizwan Merchant:
337-322-0278, Nick Pugh: 337-258-2527, Trey Oliver: 337-466-0674 or stop
by the cape lab (Madison room 146)
We are anticipating actual launch in the next twenty minutes, we had a
great deal of trouble getting our recovery vehicles fitted this morning.
Will keep you all posted.
Ok guys, we're in the sky, to track the progress, go to this site:
*6:14 PM *
After nearly 12 hours of debugging last minute problems, stressful
flight time, and hunting for the package, the balloon team has found the
package in the Homochitto National Forest near Crosby, Mississippi. We
have successfully managed to retrieve the package from a tree, where it
was found hanging, and our recovery teams are on their way home.
We will be posting the full story with photos on the website soon
(http://ulcape.org/). I would like to thank all the Ham Operators, CAPE
Members, and other volunteers who made today possible for all they did
in assisting over the past few months. We now are looking
into beginning the process for the Fourth Balloon Iteration for a new
generation of members onto the project. So stay tuned!
Project Manager, CrawSat III
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