Friday, February 13, 2015

PYPTUG Project night - Team Near Space Circus

To Space And Back

Another project night where we will focus on our HAB project: 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:

This meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6pm in the Dash room at Inmar:

THE MEETING IS POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. We will post a new date as soon as possible.


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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