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Timmy. In. Spaaaace!

    • Geoff Nicholson

      Greetings Space Cadets!

      While working with Quelab, I was only vaguely involved with their Space Chilies project which they had undertaken to do a high-altitude balloon with seeds for green chile as part of the payload. I was talking with the project’s flight director about TSOSD and other space things we’ve been doing at the lab, and he reminded me that the project spec they followed involved using the Open Design Engine, sort of a github for hardware. So I went digging and I found the project they copied!

      So to this end, let’s start working on putting Toy Soldier Timmy in (near) Space! There’s supposed to be a calculator in there on how to determine how much gas you’ll need (H is lighter, and cheaper than He). There’s a bunch of folks in my local HAM Radio group who would love to take this opportunity to do a little Direction-Finding stuff, and the payload can be as simple as a smartphone in a beer cooler!

      I’ll get cracking on finding the 8m Weather Balloon and who puts Hydrogen into a bottle so I can fill it… and let you all know what’s up!

    • Awesome project! How much is the payload possible to fly up? It would be cool to get a vid of TS Timmy up high. Also we need to make sure Timmy has a sufficient high altitude suit. Maybe we have to poke Tinker about this… :P

      Up up and awaaaaaaay!

    • Geoff Nicholson

      Well, that’s part of the science here… but generally, if you’ve got a light enough payload you can get about 3km altitude. The issue is making sure you don’t hit the Jetstream for too much time and get some crazy x-y distances.

      Here’s James May’s HAB project: Pet Cemetery

    • Geoff Nicholson

      I’ve found more HAB stuff, this time from the blokes at El Reg:

      They started out with PARIS, a HAB with a paper-airplane payload… then followed up with the rocket-powered LOHAN with a 3D printed airframe and a RasPi navigation system (carried aloft by the SPEARS system).

      If nothing for their pun-filled names, these projects sound good!

    • Geoff Nicholson

      Well, we’ve been challenged.

      The Global Space Balloon Challenge is an international education outreach project to encourage people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. Over a single weekend, teams from all over the world will launch balloons to the edge of space, recover them, and share the photos and data that they have collected. Our goal is to encourage people of all ages to get their hands dirty building their own space hardware, and to promote the spirit of hardware hacking and international STEM collaboration.

      The launches will be between April 18 – 21, 2014, and will take place in countries across the world! So far we already have teams signed up from the US, UK, Spain, Australia, and Japan… and the list keeps growing!

      This was posted as part of World Space Week (which I didn’t find out about until the last two days!)


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