Launch Day!

The car is loaded up and I’m about to drive to the launch site. The weather is beautiful and the skies are crystal clear. Final tweaks were made this weekend to the payload and parachute. Also, this past Friday we got the helium tank and rigged up a regulator valve that (hopefully) will help us fill the balloon.

We ran one last prediction model and it has us landing just short of Sumter, SC.

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If you are interested in tracking the balloon online, or want to see the predicted launch site in Google Earth, the predicted latitude/longitude is

Lat: 33.9331

Lon: -80.3966

*Just type the numbers straight into Google Earth.

The actual GPS tracking page for the GPS tracker in our payload is here:

Here is a Google Earth image of the predicted landing area. Hope we avoid that pond! And the trees!

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Wish us luck! Hopefully in a few hours we will have retrieved the payload, and will have some nice images and footage to share sometime tonight or tomorrow!


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