Balloon Launch and Tracking UPDATE!
We are planning to launch our balloon Saturday, 14th. We are planning on launching from north of Mount Vernon, Wa. as the winds are looking to be very good. We are choosing to launch on this side of the mountains instead of eastern Washington, since the balloon predictor website shows the balloon landing in an area we can't reach.
Here are the instructions for tracking with the cellphone we have onboard. Go to www.accutracking.com. You will login with the username tobey and password will be wava.
That will bring you to the next page and you should see two tracking units, one will be named Balloon for the balloon, and the other one will be named Darwin which is the cellphone in the car with us. It should look like the following page.
You can then click on either one and click View history and it will show you the track for that one.
If you want to view the overall progress showing both units, just go back out to the main tracking page by clicking the Tracking button in the upper left hand corner of the page. And then you will see both units together again.
We plan on launching around 10 AM US Pacific time, if you go to this page Saturday morning and there is nothing showing then we probably haven't started transmitting yet. If for some reason we do not launch July 14th, then we will send out another notice letting everybody know.
The following will be information on how to track the SPOT TRACKER GPS we also have onboard.
Friday night the day before the launch we will post a link such as this one http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=02hNKOVqbQMkWSGlgRjm6Z6HZradgjliC
You can click on this link, as it is a test link to see how it works. We will post another link Friday night that you should use saturday morning July 14th. It will take you to a page that looks like this.
Again, if it says no information available it is because we haven't started transmitting yet. The SPOT TRACKER updates about every 12 minutes, you will have to refresh your page to see each new track. You can click on the tracking bubble and it will show you the latest information such as this.
You can also change your map styles to satellite view or hybrid, whichever you prefer. And it will look like this.
So there are two ways you can track the balloon progress. The first one we talked about was accutracking.com which was the cellphone. And the second was the Spot Tracker, and we will be giving out a new link Friday night for that. You can check both of these out ahead of time by clicking the link above, or by logging into accutracking with the username and password we talked about.
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