Spaceblimp test launch writeup, part one.

A couple of months back I mentioned that HacDC had thrown its hat into the ring of the Hackerspaces In Space competition held by Workshop88. The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity designing and fabricating circuitry, running simulations, carving a number of chassis out of high density foam, installing hacked camera firmware and writing code for the microcontroller. Folks with much better engineering skills than I put together all of the interesting stuff - the microcontroller board, the transmitter, the camera controller, and stuff like that. Aside from helping wherever I could I spent most of my time …

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HacDC Spaceblimp trajectory track.

Screenshot from aprs.fi:

If anybody's monitoring APRS, the Spaceblimp's callsign is W3HAC-11. We lost the probe a few hours ago and can't pick up its telemetry. If you pick anything up or you happen to find the probe itself in Virginia please get on 146.415 MHz (voice net) and tell us!