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Capsule

The styrofoam capsule will be suspended under the balloon. The capsule was designed and shaped to be a surfboard to distinctly represent Southern California spirit and culture. The capsule was designed and built by students to house the micro-controller, particle collector experiment, video camera, and GPS cell phone.

Team Member Assignment
Jeremy Bates Team Leader, Design, Resources acquisition, Build
Olivia Miller Design, Parachute Modifications
Kevin Pratt Camera positioning, Capsule stability
Capsule Components Specifications
Item Weight
(lbs)
Dimensions Comments
Parachute 0.862 5 ft dia.
Rigging 0.075
Capsule 1.276 34" x 15" x 3.0"
Fiberglass Cloth 0.020
Resin Sealant 0.030
Micro-Controller 0.125 2.5" x 5.0" x 1.0"
4 AA Batteries 0.133 0.5" x 2.0" x 2.5"
Pressure Sensor 0.001 0.1" x 0.1" x 0.1"
On/Off Switch 0.022
Strobe Light 0.054 4.5" x 2.2" x 1.1"
Flip Mino HD 0.205 2.0" x 0.6" x 3.9"
2 Hand Warmers 0.125
Motorola I290 0.183 5.0" x 2.0" x 0.6"
Battery Pack 0.121 3.4" x 1.5" x 0.5"
TOTAL 3.241

The lifting capability of the balloon is 3.6 - 3.8 lbs. We made the weight as low as possible to increase the rate of ascent. Many components were stripped down to the bare essentials because of weight requirements.

Other Specifications
Item Weight
(lbs)
Dimensions Comments
Balloon 1.323 6 ft dia.
(20 ft @ burst)
Lifting capability of 3.6 - 3.8 lbs
Casio QV-R52 0.266 3.5" x 1.3" x 2.4" Back-up camera, casing removed
Particle Collector 0.500 Estimate


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Last Updated: 09/18/2017
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  • Cuyamaca
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