High Altitude Balloon Launch in 2020?

I finally have all the supplies needed to launch

It’s frustrating to take a project to 90% completion only for all progress to grind to a halt for 2 years.

That is sadly what happened to this project. I was working on it with some coworkers but then left the company in July 2018. There was still a plan to do the launch, but time dragged on and we missed the favorable window for summer high altitude winds.

Luckily I have finally re-acquired all of the supplies and am in a good position to launch this year.

Remaining steps:

  • Take a complete inventory to make sure I do in fact have everything
  • Do a dry run assembly and test of all the equipment
  • Find a couple of people to help with launch day (I can’t do this alone)
  • Dry rehearsal as a team
  • Make arrangements to purchase helium
  • Draft a launch notice for airports/FAA
  • Start daily/weekly tracking of NOAA high altitude wind reports
  • Pray for a nice calm summer Saturday

Now that I look at it there is still a lot of work to be done. It is probably a good idea to keep the question mark in the title of this post.

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