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