The Squirrels go Back To Space

The Squirrels support the Back To Space organization’s 1st HAB project. On Saturday Aug 10th, 2019 I had the privilege to assist the Back to Space organization launch their first High Altitude Balloon. Back to Space is an organization that is promoting space related STEM education. They currently have 22 very talented “Ambassadors” participating in […]

FS4 Launch prediction June 15th, 2019

Good morning Ground Squirrels!  The upcoming Flying Squirrel #4 flight is only a few days away (June 17th). This mornings prediction run for flight time is looking about the same. Just like your local weather forecasts, the predictions are based on NOAA weather data and  tend to get better and more “Stable” as you get […]

FS4 Launch Predictions as of June 14th 2019

Good morning Ground Squirrels!  The upcoming Flying Squirrel #4 flight is only a few days away (June 17th) and as we get closer to the launch date flight prediction data, which is based on NOAA weather data, start becoming more reliable. Earlier in the week the predictions did not look good at all. The predictions […]

FS4 flight planned for June 17th 2019

Another brave squirrel is preparing for flight and a perilous journey to the sky next Monday. Development on the FS4 payload is complete and only a few last-minute assembly tasks remain to be completed prior to launch. Barring adverse weather conditions (Wind), Flying Squirrel #4 will launch on Jun 17th 2019 from the area around […]

Flying Squirrel #3 Launch Day Update 2018-12-7

Good morning Squirrels! Launch day is here! I ran the flight path predictions for this morning and all remains good.  The predictions have been very consistent over the week. Our Squirrel is heading South towards the Salton Sea. Squirrels don’t swim well and that is a big area, I hope our pilot avoids a water […]

Flying Squirrel #3 in a Nutshell

A Quick Users Guide to the Flying Squirrel #3 High Altitude Balloon Project. The mission of the Flying Squirrels is to promote STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Math) skills in a fun project environment.  All persons interested in Flying Squirrels are welcome to participate in the project. Our third balloon, Flying Squirrel #3 is ready […]

FS2 Weather update for May 16th 2018 – Looking GOOD!

Weather forecasts continue to be good for launch on Saturday May 19th.  Winds are predicted to be light. I ran a prediction comparing a theoretical launch today (May 16th) vs our planned launch on the 19th. I combined both predictions into a single graphic below. As you can see the winds today would carry the […]