On Tuesday the 17th of January, we gave our presentation on high altitude ballooning at the 2012 Linux.conf.au, following up with the launch a micropayload. A big thanks to everyone who turned out for the talk and came along to the launch!
We certainly weren't short on volunteers with cameras at the launch - many thanks to those of you who got us coverage via the likes of Gizmodo.
Unfortunately the balloon did end up getting quite a bit higher (and hence further away!) than we had expected - it eventually landed out in Port Phillip bay. For the curious folk, there is a KML of the flight path online here.
Mark managed to do an excellent job of decoding the payload right down to the ground - despite being over 50km away, we managed to receive data right down to 83m above sea level.
The video highlights reel we showcased at the conference is now publicly available - a big thanks to our resident video guru Grant.
For those who saw the talk, don't forget that voting is still open for the best talks of LCA 2012. The most highly rated talks will be repeated on Friday the 20th - given the opportunity we'll be launching and tracking another micropayload.
We're happy to announce that Project Horus will again be making an appearance at Linux.conf.au this year. Like last year, the talk will focus on the technical aspects of our launches, with Mark, Joel & Terry speaking. We're also hoping to release a balloon as a demonstration of our tracking equipment on the day!
Linux.conf.au is being held in Ballarat this year - an hour or so out of the Melbourne CBD.