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high altitude balloon project from North Texas went all the way to Arkansas!

#1 User is offline   animaltx 

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:34 AM

Hello from Texas,


We are hoping to gather some assistance from the geocaching community.

We recently launched a high altitude balloon project from North Texas. The flight went well however, the balloon travel went much farther than planned. The balloon has a payload of 2 cameras, GPS. Are hopes are to gather high altitude pictures, and a pictures of the curvature of the earth.

We have gps coordinates and are offering a reward for finding the payload.


Before posting any more details, we would like permission from either the Admins or Mods to post in this section.


Kind Regards,


David

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:46 AM

Write to the contact@geocaching.com address if you have concerns.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:50 AM

View Postanimaltx, on Apr 26 2010, 09:34 AM, said:

Hello from Texas,


We are hoping to gather some assistance from the geocaching community.

We recently launched a high altitude balloon project from North Texas. The flight went well however, the balloon travel went much farther than planned. The balloon has a payload of 2 cameras, GPS. Are hopes are to gather high altitude pictures, and a pictures of the curvature of the earth.

We have gps coordinates and are offering a reward for finding the payload.


Before posting any more details, we would like permission from either the Admins or Mods to post in this section.


Kind Regards,


David



How far out of the way did it go? *Ponders driving to get it* Send me a PM if you'd rather.
Maybe just give a basic set of points around here, I'm sure a FTF hound will go for it.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:38 AM

What is the general area (if you aren't ready to hand out coords)??

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:42 AM

View PostStarBrand, on Apr 26 2010, 10:38 AM, said:

What is the general area (if you aren't ready to hand out coords)??

Seriously, I'm game. Maybe make it a party. Who ever shows up shows up.

I've even got a half day of work tomorrow and I work in NM so... it could be in my area... or sort of near my area. :)

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 10:51 AM

If it's help in Texas I would suggest visiting The Texas Geocaching Association

Consider this official permission to post any pertinent information on that website.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:46 AM

Well the original post has been up for several hours now. I'd take that as OK from the site admins.
There was severe weather near TX and east the past two days. Did this balloon get carried by the stormfront? Why not just post coords for where this landed, or may have landed, and see if anyone can retrieve it for you?
If you wait too long, it may be gone.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 12:08 PM

View PostJoesBar, on Apr 26 2010, 11:46 AM, said:

Well the original post has been up for several hours now. I'd take that as OK from the site admins.
There was severe weather near TX and east the past two days. Did this balloon get carried by the stormfront? Why not just post coords for where this landed, or may have landed, and see if anyone can retrieve it for you?
If you wait too long, it may be gone.



Thanks, for the fast responses. I will post coords but, I want to make sure I don't "step on any toes" since this is an unusual request, I sent an email to contact@geocaching.com.

Once again thanks for help!



David

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 12:12 PM

View Postanimaltx, on Apr 26 2010, 12:08 PM, said:

View PostJoesBar, on Apr 26 2010, 11:46 AM, said:

Well the original post has been up for several hours now. I'd take that as OK from the site admins.
There was severe weather near TX and east the past two days. Did this balloon get carried by the stormfront? Why not just post coords for where this landed, or may have landed, and see if anyone can retrieve it for you?
If you wait too long, it may be gone.



Thanks, for the fast responses. I will post coords but, I want to make sure I don't "step on any toes" since this is an unusual request, I sent an email to contact@geocaching.com.

Once again thanks for help!



David


Where will you be posting them?
Here or some place else?
Can you tell I'm ready to go hunting?
PS any one who finds it or goes looking let everyone know please. :)

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:43 PM

They haven't shut you down yet. Just post 'em!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:18 PM

Hopefully this is ok to post. If not (MODS) please delete.


This experiment was a proof of concept. There is little monetary value of the contents of the box. (Used digital cameras and a pre-paid cell phone)



The coordinates are as followed :


34.88251, -93.06227



Link with more info and pictures



There is a $100 reward for the payload (orange box)



Thank you all!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:23 PM

Good Luck in your hunt for the wayward balloon - I look forward to hearing how it went and seeing pics of the "rescue."

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

Subscribed to this thread. Interesting experiment and looks to be an interesting and possibly remote location.

Looking forward to pics and stories of the recovery - wish I was closer.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:38 PM

You should have waited until you received permission from Groundspeak.

I made the post with the coordinates and links invisible and am locking the thread for now.

Once you receive permission to from Groundspeak to use their forums for this purpose, please send that information to me or to another moderator and we will happily re-open the thread and make your post with the coordinates visible again.

Thanks for your help and understanding.

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  Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:14 AM

I am going to allow this thread. :-)
I am also changing the title and subtitle to make it more descriptive and moving it to the appropriate local forum. (South and Southeast region)

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:16 AM

Thank you to Motorcycle_Mama.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:17 AM

View PostMissJenn, on May 4 2010, 10:14 AM, said:

I am going to allow this thread. :-)
I am also changing the title and subtitle to make it more descriptive and moving it to the appropriate local forum. (South and Southeast region)

Sadness, too far away for me to go get.

Hope some one finds it for you.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:30 PM

View PostMissJenn, on May 4 2010, 10:14 AM, said:

I am going to allow this thread. :-)
I am also changing the title and subtitle to make it more descriptive and moving it to the appropriate local forum. (South and Southeast region)


Thanks MissJenn

We appreciate the help!

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 06:34 PM

Your best bet would be to go back to the ArkGeo page and post those coords and ask the group in the Hot Springs, Russelville, and Little Rock areas to help.

That's just a bit too far away from me to go after, and I know a guy who lives near Plainview that might go after it that haunts those boards....

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 04:27 PM

Was there any conclusion to this?

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 06:27 PM

as far as I know, no. He never went back to the arkgeo webpage to give more info, so I don't know anyone who went after it.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 07:12 AM

View Postarcking, on May 24 2010, 04:27 PM, said:

Was there any conclusion to this?

i think i might go look for it this weekend me and my GF where talking about takeing a Geo Road trip. this soulds like fun. and it just a few hrs from me.

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 08:14 PM

Well, I just spent the better part of today travelling and searching for the balloon and cargo. All I found were a lot of thorns and ticks in the woods. I managed to hit the coordinates given and fanned out in each direction for at least 100' looking high and low for any signs of it. But I can call no joy.

I talked to the local gas station owner who knows a lot of things in the area and she never heard anyone talk about it before.

I figure one of two things happened. Either 1) someone already happened upon it and took with them, or 2) the balloon must have carried it further away from the last coordinates than originally thought.

After two hours of searching in 100+ heat index and I carrying a 25 lb backpack, fatigue got the better of me and I had to give up. Once I got to my car I had to pick off about 30 ticks that ignored the bug spray I applied.

I hate that I didn't find it and lost cost about $100 for the adventure, but it was great to be able to put my eye on the exact spot it said the balloon went down. Partial victory for me. HA! Now off to bed. I'm exhausted.

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