Aug
13

Mars Ballooon Mission?

The Mars Society of Germany has proposed a Mars Balloon Mission. See http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=4481

Looks like BHALDI might need a bigger budget to keep up with the Germans and their luftballons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9whehyybLqU).

Jun
08

May 20th Success!

On May 20th 2012, we launched 2 balloons from coordinates 44.6652, -93.2866 (Casperson Park in Lakeville MN) with payloads created by Cub Scout Pack 270.
 
We also sent up a GoPro HD camera, temperature trackers, a relative humidity tracker, an accelorometer, and of course GPS trackers.
 
It was a cloudy day – most of our other launches have been relatively clear. Our Go Pro and still camera captured some amazing images.
 
We had a fantastic time meeting all the Scouts and it was an honor to help them get their payloads to near space and back!
 
Click the following links for more information on each of the launched systems:
BHALDI VI
BHALDI VII

Also here is a link to some terrestrial pics from launch day (thanks Jason Carroll!):
Launch Day Photos

May
16

May 20th Launch with Cub Scout Pack 270

We are launching 2 balloons this coming Sunday, May 20th, from Casperson Park in Lakeville MN.
 
Rosemount Pack 270 is creating 2 payloads of their own design and content. We also will be sending up a GoPro HD camera, 2 still cameras, a temperature tracker, an accelorometer, and of course GPS trackers.
 
Go to our launch page for more information:
May 20 Launch with Pack 270

Oct
15

SUCCESS!

Success! Great photos! Video camera had condensation issues – will need to debug that. But check out this awesome shot from the still camera!

Oct
15

Another link for GPS tracking

2 GPS units to track. This one is the APRS Ham radio based unit: http://goo.gl/uHb58

Oct
15

Trajectory Forecast

Trajectory forecast for today’s launch. Its going to go a long way – we will be adding more lift than normal to try to shorten its path. (Less time in the jet stream). Come join us for today’s launch @ Apple Valley High!

Oct
15

ERROR IN PRIOR MAP LINK

The Apple Valley High School map link was a bit messed up. Please make sure you go to 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley, MN for the launch this morning.  Corrected link here: Apple Valley High School

Oct
14

LAUNCH SITE FINAL: Apple Valley High School

Apple Valley High School (click for link to Google Maps). Sorry so far south, but the jet stream wants to take us into tough terrain if we launched closer to the cities.

Tomorrow am 8:30 prep | 10 launch. See you there!

Even if you can’t make it you can track us here:

Payload GPS

Recovery Vehicle

We may be adding another Payload GPS link tomorrow morning, so check back in for updates.

Oct
12

LAUNCH MOVED – LOCATION TBD

Moving launch due to jet stream forecasts | Will post definitive launch site at bhaldi.org after 3 pm Fri | Likely S to SW Metro | Follow @bhaldi on twitter for updates | Still shooting for 8:30 prep for a 10 am launch

Oct
12

Launch Sat am 10/15 @ Rich Valley Park – Inver Grove (LOCATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED UPON WEATHER, ETC.)

Balloon launch this Saturday 10/15 @ Rich Valley Park in Inver Grove (44.798131, -93.070410)! Come watch / help us prepare for the launch starting at 8:30 with launch scheduled for 10 am. We will continue to provide information and updates on bhaldi.org as the launch approaches.

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