Near-Space Launch 1
- before the end of May, 2010
- to be set
ebay sells weather balloons for $25 each for surplus balloons. We can also buy from here: http://www.kaymont.com/pages/home.cfm who are the largest maker of weather balloons in North America
Helium: triCity Welding supplies can lease us a 3 foot tall tank that holds 3 cubic metres, which would be enough for 2 launches at least. total cost for tank, regulator and gas, $120.00
Hydrogen tricity welding supplies also sells hydrogen, but they only sell it to qualified companies or organizations because it is hazardous and before they will sell it to us they would want to have a sit down and talk with their experts before they would sell any to us, which is fair.
From the ministry of transport here is the relivant sections that apply to unmanned free balloon http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/regserv/affairs/cars/part6/602.htm
Unmanned Air Vehicles (amended 2003/12/01; previous version)
602.41 No person shall operate an unmanned air vehicle in flight except in accordance with a special flight operations certificate or an air operator certificate. (amended 2003/12/01; previous version)
Large Unoccupied Free Balloons
602.42 No person shall release an unoccupied free balloon having a gas-carrying capacity of more than 115 cubic feet (3.256 m3) except in accordance with an authorization issued by the Minister pursuant to section 602.44.
602.43 No person shall launch a rocket, other than a model rocket or a rocket of a type used in a fireworks display, except in accordance with an authorization issued by the Minister pursuant to section 602.44.
Authorization by the Minister
602.44 The Minister may issue an authorization referred to in section 602.42 or 602.43 where the release of the balloon or the launch of the rocket is in the public interest and is not likely to affect aviation safety.