Thursday, October 6, 2011

It begins....

Ok, so the way we typically do things here, is that we make irrational decisions, often with laborious consequences, and then go about recruiting like minded people to share the self-inflicted burden. This project is no different. When i first heard about this space balloon competition, i signed up instantly. The idea is to take a picture of the earth horizon from near-space. And you have to do it all for under $250 bucks. I friken love space! and doing stuff for cheap is good too, plus we are a group of scientists, how hard can it be? What an awesome idea, right?
So any way it turns out to be a bit harder than we thought. You have to get a balloon, (thats around $60 bucks on amazon) then send up a camera (i so far have decided on a powershot with CHDK - which i got on ebay for 30 bucks), which seems easy. The hard part we found was how do we find it again....

so far i have managed to recruit some compatriots who were foolish enough to join me in my folly.

the brains behind the operation is Brett Graham, it is said his word carry weight that would break a lesser mans jaw. Despite his background in neurology, brett seems to know everything about everything. He is incharge of all the technology and stuff...

the muscle behind the project is Laurence Wilson, and possibly his wife Emma. If he was to pat you on the back, you would list it in your resume. Originally from the UK they are a mean team, and will be incharge of organizing the logistics of a balloon space flight....

no doubt we will also include our german friend Joerg. It is said his personality is so magnetic, he is unable to carry credit cards. I am not sure what his job, will be though...possibly a scapegoat incase things go wrong..

so far we have planned for a launch in early november... more posts soon.

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