Helpful Tips Part 2

Payload: One of the hardest things in the project is the design and building of the payload its self. You must look at the FAA’s regulations on this sort of thing to keep it as safe as possible. Right now you do not need an FAA permit to send the balloon of but it is a good idea to contact them and tell them of your intentions before doing so. You should also make sure that it is easy to see so that any pilots operating in the area can see the object thus preventing accidents that may occur, we will wrap the payload in radar-reflecting aluminum foil. The weather conditions should be good when you launch so that you can be sure that everything is running smoothly. You will also need to research the jet stream because once you have launched it you do not have any control over what happens even attaching a small RC plane motor will not work because it will get out of range very soon and will become dead weight that could even throw off the entire project if it is not shut down in time. Another reason why it is good to know about the jet stream is because if it stays up in the sky too long it could end up going anywhere from a few miles away to many miles away from your planned landing spot. Up next is one of the most important parts of the project and that is knowing what is happening to the package it is important to know the altitude and other things that the package is experiencing. To do this you must have live feed. This means that it has a computer on board that all of the components report data to and then the computer broadcasts the info back to us on a laptop computer that we have on the ground. We are also planning on having it text us information via SMS! You also must create a program for it to run on. This is not an easy thing to do and you may want to get help with it.

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