Details on the recovery of the payload

We successfully recovered the payload on Saturday the 8th of November. It was a very big exercise that required a lot of careful thought and planning. This Post goes over some of the details of this.

The Landing

The payload had landed about 7km from the Burke Development road, about 13km west of Petford. The exact latitude/longitude being -17.3085/144.82935. It landed in some of the most inhospitable land around. If it had landed south of the Burke Development road, we could have quite easily accessed it. For the 7 days prior to recovery, the Spot Messenger  continued to spit out more data points around this latitude/longitude. Because the Spot Messenger is movement-activated, this indicated to me that it must be up in a tree swinging about whenever a breeze came along.

Immediately after the launch, the launch team (Csaba, Emilien and myself) committed ourselves to coming back and picking it up.

The Equipment

We made up a list of what we needed pick up the payload, to ensure we could do it safely.

 

Item

Quantity

Notes

Water

5 Litres PER PERSON

5 litters with supplements for electoyte loss ( sport drinks or fruit / whole meal bread ) I think 10L will wiegh too much. AGreed. Make sure we have a good 1 litre drink before setting off

Electrolytes

(Enough for 10 litres)

Nut Bars

10 EACH

Tuna Cans

3 EACH

Copy of map/routes

1 EACH

Suncream

1 Stick

Repellant

1 Stick

Umbrella

1 EACH

Do we really need this? No. Let’s not get it. It will be a burden.

Blade/knife

1 EACH

rope

Pink Flagging Tape

1000 metres

Get from Bunnings.

Walkie Talkies

2

From AusTek on Friday

Satellite Phone

1

From AusTek on Friday

EPirb

1

PLB from epirbhire.com.au

Compass

1

I have one

Spare Compass

1

Mobile Phones

1 EACH

AAA Batteries

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