Jan
31
2013

Radar Reflector Arrived

Our radar reflector arrived in the post today. Even though we purchased it from a local website, it still came direct from the US. Its very good quality and easy to put together, highly reflective and it packs flat. Only downside is that it weighs 200g, a little more than we thought, but we will be using […]

Jan
27
2013

Payload Modules – Primary Tracker

We have redesigned the payload electronics pay to accept slide in modules. The modules we will fly on our first flight are the primary tracker module and the temperature logger and buzzer module. These slide in modules  may be used in future flights for school projects or our own science experiments. The modules are thin […]

Jan
25
2013

Helium Supplier Found

We have found a cost effective helium supplier in Sydney called “The Party Warehouse“. They were much more reasonable with the rental of the tanks and price of the helium,  were friendly and actually interested in what we were doing. We are able to get two (2) E Size tanks  for a week for $129 […]

Jan
20
2013

Parachute Arrived

Our parachute has arrived. Its very well made and quite light. We tested it from about 7m up with a 1kg load attached, works quite well.  It is designed to  allow our payload to come back to earth at about 18km/hr, which is pretty much what we were seeing in testing. In the upper atmosphere where there […]

Jan
13
2013

Radar Reflector

As we are flying whats classed as a medium balloon by CASA and we are outside populated areas where Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) is used to track aircraft, our balloon needs to carry a radar reflector. This will allow radar equipped planes to see our balloon on radar. This is an important safety device that […]

Jan
08
2013

Balloons Arrived & Helium

Whoo hoo .. our balloons arrived today from Scientific Sales. All three are safely here, it took about a week which is great. Now we will be able to make the fill tube as we know the diameter of the balloons neck. Also went in to talk to BOC Gases today about getting some Helium […]

Jan
08
2013

Parachute Ordered

Our Parachute has been ordered. We went for a 4ft diameter (1.3m) weather balloon payload parachute from Rocketman in the US.   I spoke with Ky Michaelson (Mr Rocketman himselft) and he organised to get the parachute out same day. Really nice guy and great to talk too. His parachutes are the best and are […]

Jan
06
2013

Balloons on the way

We ordered our weather balloons in late November from Scientific Sales in the US. We ordered three balloons in case we have any issues on launch day we will have spares. We were supplied with a tracking number from USPS but unfortunately the tracking information didnt seem to be updating, but being xmas we thought […]

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