Today, I was really enthralled to witness the launch of a lunchbox in (near) space by the Hong Kong Space Group, going after the Global Space Balloon Challenge. The balloon started flight around 11:00 and descended at around 13:00. Here is a short video of the launch :
- Andy Kong – Mission Control
- Allen – Software Guru
- James – Plane Designer
- Henry – Plane Designer
- Ricky – Balloon Specialist
- Marcus – Test pilot
- Marc – Classified
- Sunny – Software
Many Dim Sum Lab members joined the launch. The lunchbox is currently drifting in the middle of the ocean, if you can collect you and return it to to Andy Kong, there is 500 HKD reward for it :) Current location is being updated on the group blog : http://gsbchkteam.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/location-of-the-box-there-is-500-reward/
We all hope we can get the blue box back and enjoy the video it has taken, most likely looking like this one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCAnLxRvNNc
This is what the box looks like inside.
The team had made very nice job sharing their research, about the weight calculation of the balloon, the camera control, they used the ardupilot (manual) and they even logged and published the data of their last crash. I would love to have the full parts list and diagrams perhaps. The video feed did not work today during the flight even though it worked before during tests.
I’m excited to meet great people with creative technology initiatives in Hong Kong and I hope great collaborations with Protei will happen in near future