Update: We're on our way!
Hello, intrepid and generous backers of tomorrow's scientists and filmmakers!
It's been quiet on the KS page, but we haven't been dormant. Things have been moving at breakneck speed. We've been assembling equipment, putting together our team, and hammering out the details of our space balloon flight, and our launch is now less than two weeks away! We've been running all sorts of tests and figuring out just how we're going to pull this thing off. Today we took a huge first step by building a prototype of the payload the balloon will be carrying. It had a GPS unit, an HD camera, and a parachute attached to it. We then proceeded to stress test it by throwing it off the bleachers of our football field a few times. It held up beautifully and taught us a lot about what to expect for our launch.
Some more news. Our launch is tentatively scheduled for SATURDAY, APRIL 21st. We'll launch sometime in the morning from a location near Del Valle Middle School (more towards Bastrop; we have to be a certain distance from the airport), and then with any luck we'll know where the balloon is after an hour or so of waiting. We have wind simulations that can predict the general trajectory of the balloon using Google Maps. Then we will begin our chase to pick it up with the students. Backers are invited to join us at our launch and enjoy this moment with us, so we'll be sending that information about the launch as it gets closer.
Bethany, a 6th grader in our film class, shows off our newly-built prototype with HD camera, GPS, and parachute!
We also hope to post more media as we get closer, including interviews with students, behind-the-scenes footage of the camera assembly and other assorted tests, and more photos.
The students film a scene among the newly blooming Texas bluebonnets that grow next to the football field.
One thing I can tell you is that the students are THRILLED. Seeing the prototype fully built today in class, attached to the parachute, running tests by throwing it off the stadium bleachers and seeing how the parachute worked, they can't wait for the launch. What was once just a crazy idea is now becoming a reality and it's absolutely due to your generosity and support. Once again, thank you!
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