ALIEN – ALtitude Imaging Entering Near-space

May 2, 2010

Pre-Launch Checks

Filed under: Uncategorized — abreton @ 08:04

Launching a weather balloon is not any old weekend botch job – it requires very careful planning. Having been roused from my slumber at 0720 BST, it is time to run the pre-launch checks, ensuring we have the following:

  • Balloon – check
  • Yagi – check
  • Cable ties – check
  • Bring extra batteries – check
  • Top up phone – check
  • Sheet to put on ground
  • Umbrella
  • Cameras – check
  • Free lift weights (water bottles) – check
  • 3G Dongles – check
  • Car chargers for everything – check
  • Glue gun & Glue – check
  • Camera-activating Ruler – to turn the camera on once it’s in the box. Requires a long thin rod, like a ruler. – check
  • Coordinate-entry-supporting srs Handheld GPS Receiver – check
  • Turn by turn car Satnav – check

Last but most certainly not least:

  • Food.

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