After a little delay due to a very busy January, I am announcing that the winner of the 2013 BN prize for a HAB flight is :-

No 3. Space Glider by David Windestål

This project merged FPV technology, RC plane technology and HAB technology. While it didn’t go perfectly, it looked like it was a fully functioning project. Of particular interest in the hack that enabled a live feed from a Go Pro Hero. I would really like to see one of those commercially available. Well Done David. You get the ‘High Five’.


As for the ‘Whoppie’, that goes to these chumps. It proves that you just need to invest a little time in flight forecast and proper tracking.



BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Two independent filmmakers are asking for the public’s help to find their missing weather balloon.

Jacob Adams and Galen Olmsted launched the balloon from Preston Miller Park last Friday. Their GPS tracking system failed, sending their three cameras up and away. The cameras were inside a styrofoam container with an orange parachute attached.

The filmmakers hope someone finds the balloon since the price to relaunch will quickly add up.

“Yeah. It was about $120 per camera. There were three cameras and yeah I would say the whole thing cost me about $800. So the next launch would cost me around 400 or 500. I wouldn’t have as many cameras,” says Jacob Adams.

Adams says the balloon could have traveled anywhere from 40 to 250 miles away.

After seeing the news report it was clear that these two had put no planning into this flight at all.


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