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Old 09-21-2013, 03:25 AM   #1
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Well, I'm not, but an ice chest filled with three HD cameras and a GPS tracker are. My buddy and I have been talking about doing this for quite some time, and finally found the opportunity to do it.

I will be sure to post the YouTube video link here, once we retrieve the payload and watch the video.

Super pumped!
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:07 AM   #2
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Weather balloon?
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Very cool. Did you use your reward points?
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Balloon boy, part deux?
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Yeah let's some more details

If it's a balloon you do know that it can go hundreds of miles in any direction with a simple wind gust right???
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Yeah let's some more details

If it's a balloon you do know that it can go hundreds of miles in any direction with a simple wind gust right???
Hence the GPS tracker. Hopefully the ice chest insulates well enough. Can't wait to see the footage!
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:37 AM   #8
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Well, I'm not, but an ice chest filled with three HD cameras and a GPS tracker are. My buddy and I have been talking about doing this for quite some time, and finally found the opportunity to do it.

I will be sure to post the YouTube video link here, once we retrieve the payload and watch the video.

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your gonna cause a ufo scare somewhere....omg aliens aren't as smart as we are..their technology is ancient haha....
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I hope it doesn't fall on someone's head when it comes down.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #10
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Weather balloon?
Bingo!

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Very cool. Did you use your reward points?
You must be psychic. I cashed in some Hilton points to put my buddy up in a hotel. With a new baby at home, I wanted him to get a little sleep.

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We were going to put a mouse in a spacesuit and send him up, too, but PETA - and TrueNE - would have been all over our asses.

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Yeah let's some more details

If it's a balloon you do know that it can go hundreds of miles in any direction with a simple wind gust right???
We have done the research, and really, the furthest the balloon will travel in any direction is 200 miles. The shortest, no miles. There isn't a lot of wind around here, and even so, there is plenty of flat land within 100 miles of the launch site that we don't have any fear of it ending up in the Sequoia National Park.

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Hence the GPS tracker. Hopefully the ice chest insulates well enough. Can't wait to see the footage!
Hence, the GPS tracker

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I hope it doesn't fall on someone's head when it comes down.
It has a parachute, so if it does, the landing will be soft.

We are eagerly excited to get the footage, as well. The GoPro pointed out the bottom will be shooting stills every 5 seconds, while the two HD camcorders pointed out either side will get the video.

One of the coolest parts of it all, my buddy is the IT Director for a well known picture-to-canvas production company. The techs already told him that if he gives them a picture he likes, they will touch it up, print it out on canvas, and stretch and mount it for us. He has a 2-month old daughter, me, a 2 year old son and 2 week old daughter, so we will be sharing this memory with them when they're old enough to understand.

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Old 09-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #11
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You can probably sell,the footage to someone also.
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Sweet if you upload the footage make sure to post it on here for us to see
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Wow, you're an interesting dude. Good luck on fulfilling your dream of re-living the movie, UP!
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:07 PM   #14
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Where will you be "launching off" from? I'll keep a look out, maybe I'll see it from up here in Fresno if there isn't to much smog.
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In true Balloon Boy fashion, you would say the mouse is up there, but in actuality it would still be in your cupboard gnawing on your Frosted Mini Wheats.
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Nice project, looking forward to the pics and videos.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #17
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Something tells me that he found out the baby his wife bore isn't his and he is trying to get rid of it in the most creative way possible
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:51 PM   #19
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Where will you be "launching off" from? I'll keep a look out, maybe I'll see it from up here in Fresno if there isn't to much smog.
Launched it from Lemoore. Last time we saw it, it was heading Northeast.

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Guilty! Hoping the balloon ends up in Russia.

Just a waiting game at this point. GPS tracker hasn't sent a signal back since 10:41. The good would be that it's still too high, the bad would be that the GPS tracker stopped working altogether :/
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Just a waiting game at this point. GPS tracker hasn't sent a signal back since 10:41. The good would be that it's still too high, the bad would be that the GPS tracker stopped working altogether :/

Can a GPS be "too high"?

Shoulda put two of em in there.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:13 PM   #21
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Good news: Eagle has landed, and is only 157 miles away
Bad news: There's a mountain range between us and the payload
Conclusion: Road trip!

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is the onboard battery already that low???
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Good news, it's only 157 Miles away.

Bad news, it's a 388 mile drive from Visalia.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #24
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is the onboard battery already that low???
Yeah. The cold weather sucks the juice from the battery, even when we had hand warmers taped to them.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #25
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I'll miss you, tajikey. Oh, wait, never mind.
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