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10 Dec 2012, 21:09 UTC
Clean Getaway
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One of the things we need to do every flight is determine the length of the balloon rigging. The longer the rigging the harder it is to launch esp. in the wind. However a short rigging means the platform can get tangled in balloon debris. This can foul the parachute. The balloon danger area is [...]

One of the things we need to do every flight is determine the length of the balloon rigging. The longer the rigging the harder it is to launch esp. in the wind. However a short rigging means the platform can get tangled in balloon debris. This can foul the parachute. The balloon danger area is different each time depending on the fill volume of the balloon. We had a camera pointed at the balloon/vehicle interface on this flight. I think we got it right.

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