Launch Day

On launch day, follow the launch day  and retrieval checklist

Launch Day Checklist 2016

BEFORE TRAVELING TO LAUNCH SITE

Verify you have all components of:

– the PAYLOAD

– payload box you constructed

– SPOT trace

– GoPro camera and battery

– HABEX sensor kit will all components attached, including external sensors with beacon

– fully charged 10,000 mah battery

– USB cables for GoPro and HABEX kit

– IF FOUND CALL note

– duct tape to seal payload

– the FLIGHTTRAIN

– two balloons

– balloon filler and nozzle

– parachute with rope attached to top and bottom

– rope to tie payload box

– yellow zip ties

– duct tape to seal balloon

– lift scale

– the LAUNCH SITE

– Cellphone and/or computer to confirm GPS tracking

– Large tarp

– wood, bricks or other heavy objects to weigh down the tarp

– screwdriver, crescent wrench, knife

– the HELIUM

– IF YOU ARE TRANSPORTING HELIUM YOURSELF, ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS FOR TRANSPORTING COMPRESSED GAS CANISTERS

– if helium is being delivered, make sure your helium supplier knows the time and location of the launch

– the TEAM

– phone number of Transport Canada UNIT PROCEDURES SPECIALIST

– phone number of all members of your team

ONE HOUR BEFORE LAUNCH

– arrive at launch site and verify that you can launch safely

– contact your Transport Canada UNIT PROCEDURES SPECIALIST and indicate your intent to launch. Receive final clearance to Launch

– verify helium transportation to site

LAUNCH SITE PREPARATION

– lay out tarp and hold down with something heavy

– Attach helium filler tube to tank

– hand-tighten only

– Attach helium nozzle to filler tube

– put on nitrile gloves

– lay out flight train:

– balloon

– rope (tie a loop at one end, and attach the other to the top of the parachute)

– parachute (collect parachute strings together and tie with rope)

– rope (attached to parachute, loop at the end to affix to payload)

– unsealed payload box

– activate all electronics

– verify SPOT trace is tracking, by checking login.findmespot.com or your public tracking link

– verify camera is recording

– verify HABEX kit is active and beacon is producing light and sound

– assemble and seal payload box

– attach external sensors if necessary

– affix IF FOUND CALL note

– seal all seams with duct tape

– tie box with rope

– weigh your payload with the lift scale

– attach payload box to flight train

– confirm payload is attached to BOTTOM of parachute, and balloon will be attached to TOP of parachute

– Prepare balloon

– loop 4 or 5 zip ties around the balloon neck but DO NOT FULLY TIGHTEN

– slip balloon neck onto filler nozzle

– have duct tape and more zip ties ready to go

– fill balloon

– one member of your team should hold the balloon neck onto the filler nozzle very tightly in order to ensure the balloon does not escape.

– one member of your team should hold the helium tank steady

– one member of your team should control the helium filler valve

– one complete n88 tank should be about the right amount of helium. you may decide you need a bit more helium, in which case you may need to switch tanks. To do this, remove the balloon from the filler nozzle and HOLD TIGHTLY. remove the  filler from the empty tank and re-affix to the unused tank.  Attach the nozzle to the tube of the balloon as before and continue filling.

– verify the lift capacity of the balloon using the lift scale.

– seal balloon

–  once the balloon has what you judge to be sufficient lift capacity, pull 2 or 3 of the zip ties tight, and CAREFULLY remove the balloon from the nozzle. ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST HOLD THE BALLOON AT ALL TIMES

– thread the balloon neck through the loop at the top of the rope, and fold back on itself

– attach with 2 or 3 zipties, pulled tight. This should securely attach the rope to the balloon

– seal the whole thing with duct tape.

LAUNCH

– make a final launch prediction on predict.habhub.com and take a screenshot

– confirm the GPS is tracking on login.findmespot.com or your public link

– if the GPS has issued a STOP message, turn your payload box over a few times, and shake it, to activate the motion sensor on the GPS device.

– verify that the balloon is sealed

– verify the balloon is tied to the top of the parachute

– verify the bottom of the parachute is attached to the sealed payload

– release the balloon

IMMEDIATELY AFTER LAUNCH

– tear-down launch site

– IF YOU ARE TRANSPORTING HELIUM YOURSELF, ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS FOR TRANSPORTING COMPRESSED GAS CANISTERS

RETRIEVAL

– track payload on public tracking link

– NOTE THAT THE PAYLOAD WILL DISAPPEAR ABOVE 3KM OR SO.  It will re-appear once it has landed.

– when payload has landed, travel to location indicated by the SPOT trace, and retrieve the payload. ENSURE YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO OCCUPY ANY LAND ON WHICH YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR THE PAYLOAD

– Email data from HABEX SD card to teams@s2ss2s.ca, and back-up the data

– Email data from Smart Citizen SD card to teams@s2ss2s.ca, and back-up the data

– backup video data from HackHD card to an online service like dropbox, and email the link to teams@s2ss2s.ca

 

 

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