The tale of the BEAKER-I has been a wild one. Many of you followed us in real time via Twitter or Facebook, but this is a recap for those of you who had actual things to do on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30/31st of 2012. The mission: To launch, via weather balloon, a classroom “Beaker” [...]
Ladies and Gentlemen, the BESPIN III has been found! Got a call the day after Thanksgiving that the BESPIN III had been recovered around 200 yards from the edge of our search area! Not only was the BESPIN III recovered, but the old YAVIN IV craft, lost on Nov 20th, 2010, was located in Cornell, [...]
The BESPIN-III had its inaugural launch last night down in Mantorville, MN in an effort to capture some great sunset shots as well as some shots of the Harvest Moon. We had an absolutely perfect day for it, no wind, no clouds, 75° or so. Couldn’t have been better. We launched a few minutes early, [...]
Well its been a few weeks folks, but we’re back in the game here at BESPIN Mission Control. We’ve been thinking a LOT about the design of our craft, reducing the fogging issues we’ve been having, eliminating the “hang” issues we’ve been having at 100,000+ ft as well as coming up with a solution for [...]
Well what an interesting launch this proved to be. We had some ups, we had some downs, but in the end, it was pretty great. We launched from just east of Mantorville, MN, my hometown growing up. Attendees were Rick Erickson (Dad), Cindy Erickson (Mom) and my (Jamey) old 7th grade science teacher Mr Bruce [...]
Well it turned out to be a beautiful day for a launch over in Delano, MN with my good buddy Bruce. Bruce and I launched the final Yavin IV last year, the one that was lost in Taylors Falls, so we had some baggage we needed to take care of. Naturally there was some concern [...]
Very excited to welcome the original BESPIN-I craft back to mission control. After being lost in space for approximately a month and a half, she was kindly returned to us by our new friend Richard in Watauga, SD. Thank you so much for sending her back to us, she was missed. Now, since we’ve got [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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! [...]
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 [...]
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.