B E S P I N
The New Crew
The New Crew

After the devastating loss of the crew of the BESPIN I, and the very curious similarities to the final scene in 2001 : A Space Odyssey, where the real Dr. Dave Bowman has to shut down HAL, just like our Big Red Bee was shut down mid-flight, we’ve brought in a new diverse crew. Meet […]

Dammit!
Dammit!

Well folks, we learned some things this weekend. But, all things considered, we still had a pretty impressive launch. If you haven’t already “Heard the news” we unfortunately lost the payload. The down side is that yes, we lost everything and have to sit fingers crossed someone else eventually finds it and calls. The UP […]

Construction Complete
Construction Complete

As of 8:27am CST, construction of the first BESPIN payload is complete. We had a few last minute discoveries/technical issues that reared their ugly head, but they’re all checked off the list and we’re launch ready. The first issue we discovered was with the Kodak Camcorder we were using for video. We noticed this a […]

Launch Date/Time Officially Set
Launch Date/Time Officially Set

Alright everyone, its all set. Launch date/time have been confirmed. SATURDAY, JUNE 25th 2011 @ 2:00PM CST – SPECTATORS MORE THAN WELCOME! (Weather backup date the next day, same time/place) LOCATION: Sodbusters RC Airfield, Lake Elmo, MN (directly across from this Holiday Station on Manning Ave & I-94 – http://svns.in/o0) We’ll most likely begin prep […]

Launch Day Aerial Coverage
Launch Day Aerial Coverage

EXCITING NEWS EVERYONE! Our friend/supporter/all around good guy Michael Lehmkuhl has offered to do a flyby on launch day to help us capture aerial photos/video of the first official BESPIN “Summer of Exploration” launch. We’re super excited and honored by his offer and can’t wait to make this happen. How amazing is that? Pretty amazing! […]

A Look Inside
A Look Inside

With the progression of the BESPIN craft progressing swiftly (now that the snow is gone) and the Kickstarter campaign winding down, I wanted to take a second and share what’s going on inside this little thing. Since so many folks have expressed interest in what and how we’re doing this, I figured I’d let you […]

Kickstarter
Kickstarter

We’ve had so much interest in this project we felt it was only right to get you all involved as well. What better way to make this a fun/exciting event that by getting you all involved. Help us make this a truly special “Summer of Exploration” by helping us out over at Kickstarter. Kickstarter: http://svns.in/ng […]

Gearing up for Launch
Gearing up for Launch

The last few weeks have been getting exciting over here at Misson Control. We’ve been performing lots of tests on our equipment and are preparing for a dress rehearsal this upcoming weekend (April 9/10) down in the sunny fields outside of Mantorville, MN. We’re hoping for decent weather, so we can send a smaller version […]

Payload Complete
Payload Complete

Aside from few more zip ties to secure some permanent electronics and an “antenna hole,” the Bespin payload is complete. In the last week we’ve gone even smaller and lighter in an effort to get the entire payload/radar reflector combination to approximately 3 lbs even. The newest iteration of SharkFinTail™ was created and installed earlier […]

Coming Together
Coming Together

Over the last two weeks, modification of our styrofoam cooler has begun as various parts begin to arrive. Current setup includes: 1 iPhone 4 running TimeLapse (For Still Images) 1 Kodak PlayTouch Hi-Def (For HD Video Capture) 1 Skywatch GEOS #11 Handheld Weather Station (For Altitude, Wind Speed, Temperature, etc) 1 Yaesu VX-8GR Amateur HT […]

From the Ground Up
From the Ground Up

More supplies are arriving. The construction of Bespin will begin soon.

A New Beginning
A New Beginning

After the loss of the Yavin IV project, Bespin was born. Its goal, to succeed where Yavin IV failed. Smaller and lighter combined with more precise tracking/recovery methods, Bespin aims higher than before. More to come soon.

What is BESPIN

Bespin is the successor to the fallen Yavin IV project run by Sevnthsin.

The goal of Bespin is to operate lighter and more precisely than Yavin IV, while capturing even more stunning imagery of the earth from 100,000+ feet up.

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