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.

Oct
12

Thank you, Toll Gas & Welding Supply

Team BHALDI would like to thank Toll Gas & Welding Supply for sponsoring BHALDI’s educational outreach activities.

Sep
30

Next Launch on October 15th, Rich Valley Park, Inver Grove Heights, 10:00 a.m. launch

Here’s a link to the Rich Valley Park map: http://www.invergroveheights.org/index.aspx?NID=142.

Hope to see you there!

Sep
30

BHALDI Helps Inver Grove Heights Students Explore Near-Space

Team BHALDI introduced near-space ballooning to over 250 Inver Grove Heights students.  We’ll be working with the students and their teachers over the next several months to help them design and launch their own payloads into near-space!  Let us know if you’re interested in having Team BHALDI work with your school and coordinate design/launch activities.

Sep
30

BHALDI Receives NASA Grant

BHALDI is the honored recipient of a NASA Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant.  This award will allow BHALDI to help local teachers and students design and launch digital cameras and other data-capturing equipment into near-space.

Thanks NASA!

Aug
12

BHALDI featured in the HOBO e-news

BHALDI featured in the July HOBO e-news!
(HOBOs are the brand of data loggers we used this spring and will use in our next launch – stay tuned)

May
08

Pictures uploaded!

We’ve uploaded some great pictures from each of the May 7th BHALDIs:

BHALDI III | BHALDI IV

 

May
07

Great day today – more photos to come

Thanks to everyone who came out today for the launch and/or who tracked us online. Unfortunately we had technical difficulties with both video cameras, but the still cameras captured some great shots.

We also received some great press. The launch was covered on WCCO at 5pm

May
06

Launch Tomorrow (May 7th)!

Things are coming together for the launch of BHALDIs III and IV tomorrow!

Please join us! Event starts @ 9:45 at Oakwood Elementary in Plymouth. Details here, including instructions on how to track the balloons in real-time on a map and how to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Payloads are coming together nicely.  We are packing our Recovery Vehicles with telescoping poles, canoes, a chainsaw, slingshots, etc.

Based on computer models, the balloons will start going NW and then make a RH turn back around to go ESE. They will likely be above 25,000 feet before they leave the Plymouth area and will cross the metro area well above 30,000 feet. The path may cross near the airport, but the balloons will be over 38,000 feet by then – well above any air traffic. We both are projecting the balloons to land near Hastings – not ideal – closer to the river than we would like. The river could get in the way of the recoveries – we’re keeping our fingers crossed for decent luck.

Since we have weather passing through overnight we think there is a decent chance the models will change more substantially than they normally would within the last 18 hours. We’ll re-run in the morning and see where we are.

Speaking of weather, it is looking decent – rain if any will be very light and the forecast is ‘partly cloudy’ at launch. Winds are expected to be very calm.

May
06

Pending Launch of BHALDI III & IV

BHALDI III & IV are coming together nicely, and there are just a few things left to do tomorrow morning for the launch. The Team plans to arrive at the launch site @ 7 am to finish things up, and should be in good shape to welcome you at 9:45 when the doors open. Please come! Here is a link to the web page for tomorrow’s Launch Activities:

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