Launch Day Approaching

With the build basically completed, we have set a tentative launch date (weather permitting) for 11:00am Sunday, April 13th. So far it looks like we will have decent weather — high of 84 degrees, and winds SSE at 7 mph. There is a storm front coming in the next day, so hopefully the weather will hold off for us.

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Based on the current tracking predictions, we should land in this field outside of Sumter!

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Over the last couple of days we’ve done more testing with the SPOT GPS tracker and it has worked well. If you’d like to keep up with the location of the balloon live during the launch, you can follow our balloon using this public tracking page {will be activated launch day – ┬áSunday April 13th}:

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0DDs3q6L07UhPo6GGcfiFgQqyfshsJqsN

We are also considering making a few adjustments to the parachute design. Our chute simply has a hole in the top, so there is nothing to keep tension between the parachute and balloon during the ascent. We are researching ways to attach the parachute to the balloon that will keep the parachute taut until deployment. We’ll post an update after the launch.

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