Wednesday, October 19

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Four of us drove something over 400 miles on the Colorado plains today, chasing stilldavid's third high-altitude balloon.

A lessons-learned list from this round (shorter than last time).

  • An extra person does make a world of difference. Completely different experience.

  • I was skeptical, but adding stabilizer rods out the sides of the payload to increase rotational inertia (and reduce spinning) seems to have worked. Caveats: it wasn't as windy this launch, I'm not sure quite how we'd measure it, and we should have taped the joints on the graphite kite-frame rods.

  • This 98¢ foam faucet cover: a killer prefab payload box.

I may amend this in the morning when I think of other things. It's been a long day.