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  • BalloonSat Stabilization With Compressed CO2

    Haha, good one, The space grant has nothing to do with FAA clearance. The FAA is responsible for everything up to 60,000 ft including all weather balloons. If your launching rockets then FAA will direct you to their rocket launch center (its changed since I last went through the process)NASA has absolutely no authority to approve or deny what your doing, that's the FAA which has to issue the NOTAM's (Notice to Airmen) for aircraft to steer clear of your weather balloons on their way up and down. The FAA won't allow untested pressurized cylinders to be flown without seeing some testing procedure that states the equipment has been tested and won'y blow up, and won't cause damage to property or injury to people.The electronics in weather balloons have been tested and do not cause injur...

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    Haha, good one, The space grant has nothing to do with FAA clearance. The FAA is responsible for everything up to 60,000 ft including all weather balloons. If your launching rockets then FAA will direct you to their rocket launch center (its changed since I last went through the process)NASA has absolutely no authority to approve or deny what your doing, that's the FAA which has to issue the NOTAM's (Notice to Airmen) for aircraft to steer clear of your weather balloons on their way up and down. The FAA won't allow untested pressurized cylinders to be flown without seeing some testing procedure that states the equipment has been tested and won'y blow up, and won't cause damage to property or injury to people.The electronics in weather balloons have been tested and do not cause injury or damage when they land. Your package contains a chunk of steel in a pressurized container. Genuine weather balloons are all launched from fixed locations, all at the same times of day, so this is accounted for by Air Traffic Control. You launched from an unknown location, with no concern for the aircraft flying above you, and Air Traffic Control had no notice you were doing it. Should your weather balloon hit an aircraft, either going up or down, that puts your action as criminal intent because you didn't get the proper approvals and clearances.So here's how to do it legally. Contact the manufacturer of the equipment your using and tell them what your doing with it. Ask them if they have any test data form them or others who have tried it before. Then you have to contact the FAA, start with the group handling weather balloons. They will tell you their requirements, and the insurance you will need to get. Your flying a nonstandard weather balloon so that will require special insurance from an aviation broker. Expect to pay between $250-$500 per flight.Once you have insurance, FAA clearance and an approved field to fly from, you will be given date and times which you can do so, because they need to clear your activities with the needs of the aviation world. It didn't used to be this way, but thanks to the 2000 Space Launch Competition, and September 11th, and all the drones,you just can't launch something and not get into trouble from someone. The fact that the NASA group didn't tell you what clearances you need is appalling.

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  • BalloonSat Stabilization With Compressed CO2

    2 problems I see.When you filed for your balloon flight with the FAA, did they know you are using a pressurized cylinder above its rated limits. I believe the FAA would not allow this launch if they knew about it because this constitutes a bomb.The only way to stabilize objects on one axis is with counter rotational spin. You need two disks spinning in opposite directions to stabilize the platform. One spinning disk is using the balloon to stop counter spin, which fails when the balloon breaks. Look at the Russian KA-50 helicopter for directional control. However change to batteries and an electric motor as your pressized container is illegal to fly.

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  • IBoardbot. The internet controlled whiteboard robot

    The correct name for this is a Plotter.

    If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck,,,Look up Wikipedia - Plotter, to keep it simple. I've used plotters for making 40"x60" house blueprints, and no matter what the input methods or cloud connectivity are, do not change what this device is or does.All advertising and creative wishes aside, this device is simply an X Y stepper motor controlled pen writing on glass instead of paper. This is a Plotter. It will suffer the same fault of all pen type plotters that the pen will dry up if left uncapped for too long. Its why Plotters have fallen out of favor for printing devices. Electrostatic printing devices like laser jets now are the printing devices of choice.For the general concept of this device I would have not used a pen but looked at either a digital LCD screen...

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    If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck,,,Look up Wikipedia - Plotter, to keep it simple. I've used plotters for making 40"x60" house blueprints, and no matter what the input methods or cloud connectivity are, do not change what this device is or does.All advertising and creative wishes aside, this device is simply an X Y stepper motor controlled pen writing on glass instead of paper. This is a Plotter. It will suffer the same fault of all pen type plotters that the pen will dry up if left uncapped for too long. Its why Plotters have fallen out of favor for printing devices. Electrostatic printing devices like laser jets now are the printing devices of choice.For the general concept of this device I would have not used a pen but looked at either a digital LCD screen or an etch-e-sketch type mechanism and looked at how it works internally for doing the same type of job. Both will last longer and be cheaper than the pens over the course of a year.

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