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  • rjowen commented on marlin_j's instructable BalloonSat Stabilization With Compressed CO210 months ago
    BalloonSat Stabilization With Compressed CO2

    To fly a Balloonsat legally all you need to do is comply with the applicable law, which in this case is Title 14 CFR Part 101. Your statement "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." is absolutely incorrect. The agency that launches the balloons for CO Space Grant performs all required coordination with the FAA and provides them with all required notifications on the day of flight to ensure that every flight is conducted within the law.The statute spells out what can be flown on a balloon, under what conditions, predicted flight path, etc. and what coordination is required. With a mass of less than two pounds, as long as it was not flown through a prohibited area (per pa...

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    To fly a Balloonsat legally all you need to do is comply with the applicable law, which in this case is Title 14 CFR Part 101. Your statement "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." is absolutely incorrect. The agency that launches the balloons for CO Space Grant performs all required coordination with the FAA and provides them with all required notifications on the day of flight to ensure that every flight is conducted within the law.The statute spells out what can be flown on a balloon, under what conditions, predicted flight path, etc. and what coordination is required. With a mass of less than two pounds, as long as it was not flown through a prohibited area (per paragraph 101.1) this balloonsat would actually be exempt from the regulation and FAA oversight (unless it was flown on the same balloon with other Balloonsats and their combined weight was more than 12 pounds).No need to hassle Marin_j, her flight was totally legal!

    From 101,000 feet the curvature of the earth is barely discernible. The curvature in most Balloonsat pictures are artifacts of the fisheye lens on the camera.

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