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 Post subject: Project Idea: Launch a weather balloon to (near) outer-space
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:26 pm 
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Suburban Chicago hacker space, Workshop 88 is hosting a competition between hacker spaces, so far 9 other spaces have signed up.

http://workshop88.com/space/

I'm not volunteering to organize this, but I'd help if someone else wanted to get it going.

Pat, would it be easier to get FAA clearance through tripoly mn?

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 Post subject: Re: Launching a weather balloon to (near) outer-space
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:50 am 
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Not sure, clearly there are some people in the group with experience in that area. Although recently getting FAA clearance for high altitude rockets has gotten much more complicated, but I believe that is more related to engine power (P and above) than altitude.

It may not be such a big deal for a balloon launch. There is a local group (UMN related?) that did a launch from the field last summer, so that may be a good contact as well.

I just changed my signature so I don't have to keep repeating myself. :)

If you don't volunteer to organize it, there's no guarantee somebody else will. Even if they say "Yeah! I'll get to work on that!" it wasn't their idea so they're just not as invested.

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 Post subject: Re: Launching a weather balloon to (near) outer-space
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noise wrote:
I just changed my signature so I don't have to keep repeating myself. :)


Yep, that's why I said I wasn't planning on leading anything, but just wanted to get the info out there in case this really excites anyone. I don't foresee having enough time to lead this, but if anyone does want to get it going I'd help.

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 Post subject: Re: Project Idea: Launch a weather balloon to (near) outer-space
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Wow slick site.

It would be a cool project, you don't NEED to sleep do you?

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 Post subject: Re: Project Idea: Launch a weather balloon to (near) outer-space
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:05 am 
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noise wrote:
Wow slick site.

It would be a cool project, you don't NEED to sleep do you?


Sadly that's what I spend most of my time doing. Anything less than 8-9 hours a night and I'm bound to catch a cold. I've been cursed with my mom's genes, my sisters got my dad's and they're all fine with 5 hours...

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