[TriLUG-announce] September 9 meeting: High Altitude Balloon Flights to Near Space

Justis Peters justis.peters at gmail.com
Tue Sep 7 15:16:30 EDT 2010

High Altitude Balloon Flights to Near Space
Presented by Jonathan R. Trappe & Tanner Lovelace

Recently, several LUG members competed in a challenge to gather pictures 
of the curved horizon of the Earth from
near-space... not with rockets and elaborate gear, but on the cheap, 
using a balloon and consumer-grade equipment.

Jonathan Trappe and long-time LUG member Tanner Lovelace will talk about 
the challenge rules, and how the team assembled and weighed ideas 
quickly, launching their balloon after just three weeks of planning. 
Then we'll hear how things did not quite go as planned, but how these 
quick-thinking geeks recovered to achieve their goal.

After the launch and recovery of their high-altitude balloon, this team 
was featured on WRAL, NPR news, and on the front page of the News & 
Observer! But NOW, they're hitting the big time -- speaking at a TriLUG 

Official page: http://trilug.org/node/109
Meetings schedule and details: http://trilug.org/wiki/Meetings_Schedule
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148497808517250

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