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Old Nov 05, 2012, 07:42 PM
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Really sorry about this guys. I knew the problem with the class A airspace because I came up against it up here. But being from Canada had no idea of the extra laws attached to RC's in the States, that's a real bummer.

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Old Nov 05, 2012, 10:41 PM
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I'm not to worried about it I will work it out some how. I'm waiting for the FAA to get back to me. I have an attorney helping us out with this project. If baumgartner can do it I'm sure we can do it too.
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Old Nov 07, 2012, 11:51 AM
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This is way kool, good luck and keep us posted, Geoff
Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:30 PM
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Got a new sponsor today and we began construction on the Test plane.
We are now in the works with getting our launch site approved for the date of the mission. After playing phone tag with the FAA we now have some better knowledge about how we will be conduction the launch for that day. More Details in the next few weeks.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:34 PM
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Let's get'er done. I can't wait.
Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:51 PM
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Got a new sponsor today and we began construction on the Test plane.
Pics of the plane would be appreciated. Who is your new sponsor?
Old Dec 01, 2012, 05:08 AM
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Pics of the plane would be appreciated. Who is your new sponsor?
Hobbypartz.com They will be supplying some Lipos and misc. parts that we may need. The best part they are local.


We should have some pics of the aircraft coming up soon.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 02:45 AM
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Doing some promotions for all of our sponsors today at the Ama show with the team and one of our sponsors.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 03:27 AM
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a team pic and the aircraft.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 09:53 PM
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Screw the FAA, do it, just don't tell us about it till later...
Old Feb 27, 2013, 07:56 AM
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Really, Really cool project guys. I am doing something similar with 3 fifth grade classes.

Last year we had a successful launch of a NSB to 80,000ft.

This year we are repeating the project, with some new goals. To reach 100,000ft or higher, and video broadcasting from the gondola with an 800mw Tx, hooked up to a Dragonlabs OSD V2. I know we will need a perfect day for our launch, very calm upper level winds, which we had for last year. We have given ourselves the month of May as our launch window.

I have a question for you guys. Any suggestions on a secondary GPS track. Last year we used a Motorola Iden phone with instamapper (worked flawlessly up to and down through 20,000ft, Iden has been shut down along with instamapper), we also used a spot GPS device which failed us during the mission (Other NSB project have reported the same problem with Spot). I would really like a GPS device that will send info all the way up to altitude and not shut down at around 60,000ft. The HAM radio guys have the APRS radio, that from what I have read works really good, and will work for us up to 100,000ft (I think I read the device will work upto 160,000ft or somewhere about there).

I am taking the HAM radio test next Saturday, so I am legal per the FCC.

My Dragonlabs OSD V2 has the newest GPS chip (which from what I have heard may or may not work past 20,000ft), I was going to mess around and try to get a Trimbel (copernicus II) chip to interface with the Dragon OSD. I know the copernicus chip has a higher altitude limit. Any thoughts you guys, I am in no way even an amerature when it comes to the really technical stuff. I fumble around until I figure it out.

Any thoughts guys, I need something very reliable. Too many dollars invested in the project this year!!!

Links to our websites

https://sites.google.com/site/spring2013nsb/

https://sites.google.com/site/springgrovensb/

Thanks guys, you guys on these RC web-sites are a great bunch of guys!!!!!
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Hey Paul, I recently got hooked up with Joseph from http://www.highaltitudescience.com/ were going to let him take over the balloon aspect. I would email him, he is very helpful and he could help you with you gps as well as spot questions. He also sells the Eagle system which was designed to work upto 120k.
I do know that the dragon OSD, Gps. will fail and could cause the osd to freeze up(not weather related) at 60ft. As for your live video feed your 800mw might do the trick but make sure you have good antennas such as the IbCrazy, CP antenna for the TX side, and for the RX side we will be using a Pepperbox, but im sure a crosshair should work also.
Good luck with your mission and keep us posted. We are still waiting for the marine corps air station to give the go ahead.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 09:17 PM
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Im not sure how it works, Im still researching it, Maybe it goes through the Video Transmitter ?

Sorry Im not much help on that.
Best of luck on your efforts on this fantastic project.

Last year my Kennedy Space Center Team Launched a Balloon Drop and this year we are doing the same thing as you are.....dropping a Small Model "Fun Jet" from a larger Balloon and allowing the model to glide back after entering "Air" atmosphere.

Here is the Balloon Drop from last year.
Balloon on high - 104,000 ft above the Earth (2 min 4 sec)
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Here Is David Windestål attempt at this,
really cool video, We should be up and running soon for Testing.

Space Glider - FPV to Space and Back! (6 min 1 sec)
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 04:48 AM
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Wow that's pretty awesome! He always does great stuff!

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