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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:41 pm
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Post Stratodean (UK)   Posted on: Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:41 pm
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Another UK company playing with balloons:

http://www.stratodean.co.uk/

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What is STRATODEAN?

What is STRATODEAN?Our project to send a high altitude weather balloon complete with payload from our hometown in the Forest of Dean to the edge of space (approx. between 70,000 to 110,000 feet up into the Stratosphere). The balloon is going to be equipped with a camera and video recorder as well as GPS tracking equipment, so we can locate it once it has burst and returned to earth with the help of a parachute and hopefully with some pretty decent video and photos of the journey.

Permission is required from the Civil Aviation Authority, this is standard procedure and is applied for online. We are aiming for a weekend launch March/April. High altitude ballooning is quite a popular up-and-coming hobby, please visit ukhas.org.uk for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter!

The idea of this blog is to document our progress as a record of the project, share our experiences and hopefully encourage and inspire others to get a project going - similar or otherwise!





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Amazing, where I live girls that pretty dont want to make balloons to go to the edge of space!

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Post Re: Stratodean   Posted on: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:31 pm
Excellent, what an awesome pair these two are, the more information that gets shared the better educated our world becomes and documenting their work for all to see will help others to do the same. Their website really tells all http://www.stratodean.co.uk/search/label/Components

As they note on their site, launching near space weather balloons is becoming common place since about the last 10 or more years and that makes it harder to raise needed funds. Here is a successful Kickstarter balloon project I helped fund awhile back but with some unique things to it: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/145704440/heartsat-a-scientifically-rewarding-journey-to-nea

One thing that could help make their project unique would be launching it across international borders, something that geographically would be easy in Europe compared to the US. Coordinate with students from that country for the recovery and share their experience. I'm working with a school in Germany that would love that sort of thing.

I mentor several student rocket and balloon teams, and at times help with the funding :wink: As a teacher, for the last few years I've been working on developing a school package for launching such projects with a price point of $100 USD that includes all electronics, video camera, balloon, and ideally, the lifting gas. To make it attractive, I've also been working on lesson plans for teachers and an on-line youtube video on how to do it. There already are kits available on line for such but they start at around $300 (or more) and my goal is to make it affordable, educational, and fun.

Our kit will include the list of components and where to buy them should people already have a camera or simply want to upgrade their payload for a specific task. So far we are at ~$160 and expect to bring that price down with further development from working with others such as:

http://questforstars.com/

http://www.cnsp-inc.com/

I've been in contact with several people in other countries for help and we should be ready at the end of next year. I hope these two continue with their fine work and would like to ask all of you on Space Fellowship to consider working with local schools doing outreach projects with our youth for they are our future in space.


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Post Re: Stratodean   Posted on: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:00 pm
That's nice Rick. Team Prometheus is about to split in two and Aeronautic Enterprises Inc. will be for profit. That way we can share all of Team Prometheus's tech and offer kits and such and outreach. We have helped more universities like Iowa state rather than grade school or high schools.

That way all the ANEI stuff can be proprietary. I was going to ask Rob to split TP/ANEI into 2 forums if he will.

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