Thursday, January 15, 2015

To Space And Back

January 15 2015,

PYPTUG is announcing today the official start of a project involving the local community: Sending a technical payload into space, and back, as part of the 2015 Global Space Balloon Challenge (http:// The project will include a payload that will pay homage to the first NASA balloon flights in 1969 designed to take large area photographs of the earth from a very high altitude.

The payload will include a computer with operating system, many python scripts and various hardware including sensors, transmitters, servos and other tech gear.

The monthly project nights until April will focus on building a high altitude balloon to send into near space. This coming Wednesday is the first official meeting in person. We will have several students joining us from various schools and universities. The HPU Physics department will provide some insight on their 2013 build and launch. We expect students from HPU, Forsyth Tech, Atkins High School and other schools, colleges and universities from the Triad area, along with regular PYPTUG members and Inmar employees.

There is something to do for everyone, from art, to programming, to mechanical and electrical engineering, to finding stuff, reading regulations, making recovery plans, buying stuff, coming up with a team name, what experiments should be included in the payload etc. Don't wait for a direct invitation, sign up on our meetup group:

As previously announced, the first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 21 at 6pm in the Dash room at Inmar:


635 Vine St,
Room 1130H "Dash"
Winston-Salem, NC

This will be at the Inmar building in downtown Winston Salem.­

Some preliminary work has already started and discussion is ongoing on the PYPTUG mailing list:!forum/pyptug

And look for the Near Space Technical Payload Official Thread (should be at the top)

Keep an eye on this site for progress reports. At launch, you will be able to track the actual balloon through a web page.

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