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Oct
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1st Launch: Halloween 2010

On Halloween 2010 the BHALDI team launched its first 2 systems, BHALDI I and BHALDI II:

BHALDI I

  • Weather Balloon
  • Parachute
  • Styrofoam cooler containing:
  • Kodak Zx3 HD Video Camera
  • Auxiliary battery for camera connected via USB
  • SPOT GPS Messenger tracking beacon
  • Chemical handwarmers to keep electronics warm
  • BHALDI II

  • Weather Balloon
  • Parachute
  • Styrofoam cooler containing:
  • 2 Canon cameras,each taking pictures every 10 seconds
  • SPOT GPS Messenger tracking beacon
  • Chemical handwarmers to keep electronics warm
  • We retrieved BHALDI II late in the afternoon from a resident of rural WI near Arcadia, north and east of Winona MN.  We located BHALDI I a bit west of BHALDI II, but were unable to retrieve it that day and had to return 2 days later, eventually cutting down the small diameter tree it had landed in.

    Despite difficulty retrieving BHALDI I, the launch was a huge success!  Click here to access more video on the BHALDI YouTube Channel and here for links to more pictures.

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