Hello Hive 1 3,
In case you missed the June 11 meeting, I am coordinating a team to launch the space balloon at the Mini Maker Faire on October 19th. Since the last thread is a bit cluttered I figured a new one is in order. Relevant links are posted below.
I am looking for a small team (~5) of people to help build this project. I need at least 2 people that are proficient in electronics and everyone should be able to devote 5hrs per week in order to make this happen. We will be doing a test launch before Oct 19th to fix issues that we will run into. Please shoot me a private message and we can exchange more reliable information for communication.
Moor the space balloon at the Maker Faire with a live stream. GoPro HD would be best.
Launch the balloon to an altitude of 100,000 ft with a payload of 4lbs.
Be able to have the balloon cut away automatically (FAA requirement).
Safely have the payload parachute down within 60mi of Cincinnati.
I called the FAA, and here are the regulations that we have to follow: http://www.flightsimaviation.com/data/FARS/part_101.html
It looks like we are in the clear unless I misunderstood one. For the most part, I just have to call the local ATC office and inform them that we are doing an unmanned balloon launch within 24 hours of the actual launch. We are also allowed to moor the balloon prior to launch.
This balloon has a volume of 268ci requiring a 300ci tank purchase. According to AirGas on Mosteller rd, that will cost around $250.00 with tax