Tonight we performed successful drop tests with two different size parachutes, an Orange 50" one that I had ordered a long time ago and a black 24" one that came with my Norad Pro Maxx kit. The above video shows our first test with the 24" parachute, and as you can see it is not very gentle on the payload. However, tabulating data from the tests shows that the descent rate of the 50" parachute should be slow enough to provide a reasonable ground track. Below are the first predictions for the ground track of hte initial balloon launch.
Quite conveniently, the balloon is predicted to land 10-15 minutes away from my house! Of course, it's only a predictor, and I've seen other projects where people land 20 miles away from the predicted landing spot. And with my newfonud knowledge that the data for the model gets updated every 6 hours I'm not holding on to any sort of hope that it will land in such a convenient location :)
Name: Nickolai Belakovski