Access Doors on Foamcore Balloon Payload Boxes


Payloads at Launch

Payloads at Launch

I have used foam core sheets to construct high altitude balloon payload boxes for many years. They are inexpensive, lightweight, and very durable. It is easy to cut ports and holes for cameras, instruments, antennas, and wires. And it is no great loss if they are damaged during recovery.

An excellent description of foamcore construction techniques by Mike Manes (W5VSI) is available from EOSS. http://www.eoss.org/onlinepubs/construction/foamcore/foamcore.htm This is where I learned from.

Here, I would like to describe some ‘features’ included in our/my construction. Recently, I’ve begun including a back door to aid in manipulating and connecting wires and hardware in the box..
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I want to hunt the Ground Hog!


Ground Hog

Whatever happened to “two weeks till Spring”? Here it is nearly seven weeks since Ground Hog Day, and here in Cleveland, it gets to 19F last night.  It’s snowing.  The Maple sap is too cold to run.   And where is the smug little Ground Hog?  Down in his cozy little burrow laughing!!

Someone needs to be held accountable!  I say, lets send a couple Jack Russell Terriers down and roust him out.

The Way


A recent blogger, alleging to be a Christian, but apparently wise in the ways of the world, wrote that among several important Christian teachings he would change, is the idea that Christianity is the only way to God. It is valuable for us to remember, especially during this Lenten and upcoming Easter season, why Christians believe Christ is the only way to reconciliation with God, and that there is no other way.

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