T-minus 5 days and counting!

The launch is getting close! Geoff arrives in Santa Barbara on Thursday and we’ll spend a sleepless 2 days installing the APRS radio/GPS module, Arduino board with sensors, CHDK camera and batteries into the styrofoam capsule for Saturday’s launch!
We are still looking for a couple of sponsors, if you are so inclined, head over to the sponsors page to see if anything catches your fancy 🙂

Here is a photo of the Arduino with SD card (for logging) connected to a Chronodot clock and temperature sensors:

Ham stuff is here!

My yeasu vx8gr just arrived today along with the speaker mic and car charger that we will use to track the capsule as it flies I also received a hard copy of my license.

Just got my ham liscence!

I just received my call sign and my transceiver is on the way.
My callsign is kd0pfn

Launch date set!

The HAPPY Capsule is back on track for a flight to near space – the launch has been scheduled for August 13th at 6:30 AM!
Launch site to be finalized – we are deciding between Santa Barbara and Morro Bay and will choose depending on the jet streams and the projected landing location…

Geoff in the news :)

Geoff was recently featured in a news segment on KSDK a St. Louis News channel…

We are back on!

I just got a new ticket ticket out I will fly on the 11th of August and will stay until the 15th the new launch date is yet to be figured out.

Mission Deflated!

Yesterday Geoff was prevented from getting on the plane to Santa Barbara due to his unfortunate affiliation with a dangerous and shady underground group known as the “Under 14s”.
Geoff was returning on United Airlines which allows travelers under 14 to fly, but the trip to SB was on a different (evil?) airline which refused to let him on the plane! 🙁

But never fear folks, we plan to get this dirigible off the ground and will re-schedule the launch for this summer – we’ll keep you posted!

All is not lost! The extra time will allow us to add some new features to the payload and refine some of our communications systems.

flying out today

In a few hours I will fly to California and we can get started on the project

Flying out tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be heading to California to meet up with Greg so we can get this thing set up and in the air

GoPro camera arrived :)

Thanks to sponsorship from Bob Schmitt and Tanya Parker we were able to get a tiny GoPro HD video camera and battery backpack – this will give us HD video for the entire flight and decent!

Thanks y’all!