Category Archives: Technical

Gimble for the Spot Messenger

It was decided after a bit of risk analysis regarding the parachute that it would be advisable to have a gimbal arrangement to ensure that the SPOT Messenger antenna is pointing directly up at all times. This is because Spot … Continue reading

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Making the CloverLeaf Antenna

The HAB payload needs a small/suitable antenna. I decided that it would be easier and a lot more fun to make the antenna; rather than buy one. It would also reduce costs and a lot of additional knowledge and know-how … Continue reading

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Improving the Cut-down mechanism

The cut-down mechanism did not work as well as hoped during the trial launch. This post discusses the issues and proposes a possible solution. The problem with the cut-down mechanism The main problem with the cut-own mechanism is that it … Continue reading

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HackHD Camera Temperature

The HackHD camera is a cost-effective light camera chosen for the mission. It does have oneĀ  drawback; it gets extremely hot during operation. This post identifies the issues this poses and puts forward a possible solutions to _try_ and mitigate … Continue reading

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Initial Spot Messenger Testing

A Spot Messenger account has been purchased and some initial testing has been done to see how the Spot Messenger fairs with the other electronics. Other Balloon launches have been plagued with interference issues between the SPOT messengers and the … Continue reading

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Request for launch sent to CASA

After much thought and investigations, we have filed an application with CASA for permission to a flight about 100km SW of Mareeba. The launch is to be done as a “Light” Balloon and is for a flight on 1st of … Continue reading

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The Organising of the Balloon launch (Progress as of June)

The process of organising the launch and finishing of the Balloon payload is taking a long time to do. Many of my work an family commitments mean that I’m only to progress things slowly. The following are the main areas … Continue reading

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Obtaining a Spot Messenger

As usual, it pays to do ones due diligence before purchasing components; and the Spot Messenger is no exception. The Spot Messenger will provide a means of locating the HAB while it is below 6500 metres. This will allow us … Continue reading

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Radio Test 6

Did an extremely successful radio test on the 4th of May from Port Douglas to Buchans Point. The distance between these two locations is 35km. With the help of my wonderful neighbour we were able to :- Confirm that the … Continue reading

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Balloons at Parachute Arrived!

My Parachutes and Balloons have arrived! I have purchased:- 1 x 800G balloon 2 x 350G Ballons I got these all from the UK. Below a peek at one of them. I haven’t taken it out because I don’t want … Continue reading

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