Sunday, April 17, 2011

GAGA-1 Release Photos

I didn't take many photos of the release of GAGA-1 because I was busy with other stuff. But there are a few.

Capsule with flight and recovery computer powered up.

Here I am checking that the telemetry from the capsule is being received correctly.

Ed gets the gas cylinder ready:

The partially filled balloon:

Checking to see if the balloon is floating. The ballast in the bag is six cans of Coke which equal the weight needed to lift the capsule at the required rate.

Yes, it's definitely going to go up!

And one final shot showing the balloon before launch:

And then it was off:


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