HacDC Spaceblimp 3

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Radio check and meet for logistics planning: Nov 1, 7:00 PM at HacDC

Planned launch date: Saturday, November 6, 2010 (Rain date November 7, else next weekend).

Launch time: 9:00 AM, Launch should take less than an hour.

Launch Location: Probably along US 81 Between Hagerstown, MD and Edinburg, VA. Specific location, directions and coordinates will be posted on HacDC.org by 7:00 AM day of event.

Planned Altitude: TBD

Planned Ascent Rate: TBD

Primary Beacon: Tiny Track 4 with 0.5 W transmitter on 144.390 MHz, call sign W3HAC-11. $3 GPS module

Secondary Beacon: Son-of-WhereAVR with ublox GPS. Yaesu VX-1 handi-talkie with 1 W Transmitter, call sign WE3HAC-12, Frequency TBD

Recording accelerometer, air pressure based altimiter, cosmic ray counter

Stay tuned for details!

If you want to get involved or learn more or contribute to the program...

To do:

Blog about upcoming flight, document SB-1 on wiki

build primary & secondary beacon antenna

altimeter selection & purchase

purchase 32 GB SDHC memory card for video

make weatherproof labels/tags for capsule recovery (laminate, 3d print, laser cut, etc.)

work on CHDK scrips for still cameras

build capsule/rigging/chute

vacuum test Geiger counter

new software for additional sensors (add small uC?)

HacDC Spaceblimp Project:
Main Page Press Page First Launch (Found) Second Launch (Successful)
Third Launch (Successful) Fourth Launch (Successful) Fifth Launch (3% short of goal) Sixth Launch (Successful) Seventh Launch (Successful)

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