As the supplies roll in one UPS visit at a time, Friday’s test launch grows nearer and nearer. This test is simply to evaluate the Droid Eris GPS tracking capabilities (and Verizon’s claim of amazing coverage even in central Wisconsin) and will be launched from the Sodbusters RC field in Lake Elmo, MN.
So this Friday, September 17th, we’ll be sending up our first payload carrying a Droid Eris for GPS tracking and an iPhone 3Gs for photos, since we’re going up un-tethered we might as well snap some shots, right?
Our kit will consist of one 8′ weather balloon, one 4′ high-altitude recovery parachute (for the ride back down), one Playmate Mini Cooler, one Knog Boomer LED Bike light (as a tracking beacon in case it gets darker out), one Grabber™ Sleeping Bag warmer, one Droid Eris for GPS tracking via Loopt and one iPhone 3Gs to take photos via Time Lapse.
So, check back this weekend for (fingers crossed) photos of the trip up/down as well as a full report of the days activities. You can also follow @Yavin_IV on Twitter for Real Time updates from the launch.