Welcome back to the now much larger balloonacy community! This
stuff has really taken off in recent years, and I've posted a
cc of this to a few of the balloon group email reflectors that
you might want to join. And take a peek at EOSS's web site,
www.eoss.org for more links, updates on our stuff, etc.
The NASA Space Grant Colleges have taken a shine to high altitude
balloons as a "poor man's space program" for aerospace undergrads.
You might see if there are any interested colleges in the DFW area
that you could link up with. Makes the activity a lot more like
a real public service!
73 de Mike W5VSI, EOSS
Doug Howard wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> Well it has been a few years, hasn't it? I was the coordinator of NTBP
> for our first 8 launches and did a great deal of the payload
> development. Then I had a family matter that required all of my
> attention, and I couldn't continue being very involved in NTBP. Another
> fellow, Bill Davis - KG5IE, took over for the 9th launch and he
> discovered how much work was involved. After that, interest died in the
> project partly because of all the work that it required and partly
> because no one was willing to follow through with payload ideas. The
> Lockheed Radio Club, kind of a sponsoring organization for NTBP, went
> through a bit of a lull during that time (1998-2003) as well. Interest
> began to pick up again after the Lockheed Club hosted the AMSAT
> Symposium in 2002 and we began to plan for our 10th launch which occured
> on Labor Day weekend 2003. Another guy, Jory McIntosh - KJ5RM, is the
> payload developer on NTBP#11. He's a young and energetic guy that loves
> to tinker with things, so he's had a fun time with it.
> So that's the story on what happened to cause the hiatus and what
> brought us back to life. Thanks for the interest. It is good to get back
> up in the air again.
> Doug - KG5OA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Manes [mailto:manes@...]
> Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 11:15 PM
> To: Ralph Wallio, W0RPK
> Cc: Mike Manes, W5VSI; Jack Crabtree, W7JLC; Bill Brown, WB8ELK;
> Subject: Re: FW: latest NTBP #11 launch dates
> Hi Ralph,
> I seem to recall that NTBP was real active in the early '90s and
> suddenly dropped off the radar. Glad it's been revived after
> yea these many years.
> As much as their records might show, I dearly love to learn what
> brought on that hiatus and what brought 'em back to life.
> 73 de Mike W5VSI
> Prez EOSS
> Mike Manes manes@... Tel: 303-979-4899
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