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Launch day - CHECKLIST

ITEMS NEEDED

  • payload
  • camera
  • locator(s)
  • parachute
  • black box
  • launch pad
  • helium
  • filling valve
  • filling hose
  • contact details label
  • cord
  • duct tape
  • radar reflector
  • scissors
  • knife
  • latex gloves (for balloon handling)

PROCEDURE

  • run flight prediction (final!)
  • Lay gound sheet
  • fix helium valve to cylinder
  • fix filling hose to valve
  • turn on black box
  • check locators (phone, check response)
  • Ensure payload is ready to tie directly to parachute (strung underneath)
  • tie contact details to payload
  • fill balloon
  • tie off balloon (don’t rush)
  • turn on camera, start recording
  • place items into payload and secure lid
  • connect payload to parachute
  • connect parachute to balloon
  • check locators
  • countdown
  • launch
  • drive to predicted landing site (or wait for locator response)
  • retrieve payload
  • backup data and footage(!)
  • party
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