Monday, August 11, 2008

Balloon Project Status: JAFO

The fates have conspired to make it impossible for me to continue with the high altitude balloon project. When I began this project over a year ago, I saw it as a way to reduce stress and to get multiple groups of people at my day job to work together. After much reflection, I do not believe that it's had that effect.

The first flight was a lot of work. I didn't agree with some of the choices being made for the first flight, and expressing my opinions about those choices only led to more problems and more stress at my day job. Preparation of the second flight was really stressful and I decided to take a break from the project. Electronics I understand. Insecurity, not so much.

After the stress of the major project I've spent the last 16 months of my life working on fades away, the direction I should take has become clear. As of today, I'm changing my association from Participant to Observer status. I gave the capsule and associated support equipment to Ryan Lantzer. It was functional when I gave it to him. Everything I know about the construction of the capsule has been posted to my website.

Good luck and Godspeed, General!

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