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Up, Up, and Away: Live(ish) coverage of High Altitude Ballooning

Today’s the day!

Mach 30 President, J. Simmons and volunteer, Jeremy Wright are in Chicago to begin documenting Open Design Engine‘s first High Altitude Balloon project.

This project is a partnership between Adler Planetarium‘s Far Horizons Project and Albuquerque’s Hackerspace, Quelab.  Adler is providing the design for the balloon, Quelab will build and launch the balloon, and Mach 30 is providing project hosting space on Open Design Engine and project coordination.

As an added bonus, Mach 30 will also be participating in this weekend’s launch.

Watch this space throughout the weekend for new videos, updates and more!

Design Meeting–Live!

You can watch the first design meeting live here–unless the meeting is over, then you should be able to see the video playback.


A small sample of the photos we took on the trip.

Get Involved!

Tweet your questions and comments about the projects with the hashtag #M30AdlerHAB we’ll answer as quickly as we can.  You can also leave comments below.

For more detailed information about the project as it progresses, watch the project page on ODE, and follow the updates on meeting minutes here.

Did you miss the party?

No worries!  We recorded the live event.  You can watch it below:

Guest Panelists

Greg Moran
Vice President, Mach 30 (Special thanks to Ignite New Mexico and their sponsors* for providing video footage of Greg’s presentation.)

James Carlson
Executive Director, School Factory

Ken Walczak
Far Horizons Lab Manager, Adler Planetarium


Twitter played an important part of the party, with guests posting questions for the panelists, answering trivia questions, and sharing great links.  Take a look below for highlights, or follow this link for the full history of the conversation.


Party Sketch Notes

In addition to serving as a panelist, James Carlson “doodled” the party.  Click the image below to see the whole set!

Thanks again to our panelists, volunteers, and everyone who was able to join us on Twitter.  We had a blast!

*Ignite12 New Mexico sponsors include:  Quelab, See Yourself Teaching, UPublic.tv, Sanctuary Sound Studio, One Up Elevated Lounge and Hobby Proz.