Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tentative launch date for GAGA-1: April 10, 2011

In my original post on GAGA-1 I said that I'd like to launch in time for the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's 1961 flight. It looks like I might manage.

The most recent predictions show the wind dropping next week making a weekend flight possible. The kind folks at CUSF have agreed to help out on the day. Thanks, guys!

So, tentative launch date is April 10, 2011. Hoping for a morning UTC launch. I'll be following along in a car (which will be trackable on the tracker using the comic callsign CarCar-1, GAGA-1 will be transmitting RTTY with call sign GAGA-1 on 434.650 Mhz SSB).

Of course, between now and then the wind could change, but here's hoping...

Even if I don't launch it's going to be a busy weekend, two launches are planned for April 9.

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