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  • C.A.P.E. in The Advocate

    Marsha Siles from The Advocate News Paper based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana ran two articles this morning about our recent acceptance as a Candidate for the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, and another on our educational outreach with NP Moss Middle School’s pearlsat payload during our recent flight of CrawSat III. Both articles are available online at The Advocate’s website, with links below.

    CAPE-2 NASA Grant: http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/latest/Students-ready-satellite.html
    NP Moss Middle School’s PearlSat: http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/latest/Middle-school-research-pearls-retrieved.html

    Copies of the news paper clippings are also available in the CAPE Gallery under Press and Publicity along with older news articles about C.A.P.E. – http://gallery.ulcape.org/v/Press_Publicity/

    Special thanks to Marsha Siles for her articles!

  • CrawSat III: Delivering the PearlSats

    This past Thursday, Nick and I went to NP Moss Middle School to deliver the pearlsats from the CrawSat III launch to the students. We were met by Mrs. Patti Garbarino and a few of her students. The next step now is for the students at NP Moss to do a Post Flight Brief and prepare for their second Webinar with Bob Twiggs from Morehead State University to explain to him their findings.

    Expect more photos from this event in a few days.

  • CrawSat III – Launch Successful, Photos and Video

    Greetings All,

    Well the end has finally come for CrawSat III. This past weekend, on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 the CrawSat III High Altitude Weather Balloon Project was successfully launched out of Lake Charles, Louisiana around 12:20 PM, and landed in the Homochitto National Forest in the state of Mississippi nearly three hours later, where it was found stuck in a tree. Through help from a local citizen of the area, the Recovery Teams were able to successfully retrieve the package with very little damage.

    – Predicted Flight Path

    – Launch Team Preparing to release Balloon

    – Launch Team Preparing to release Balloon

    – Launch Video

    – Photo from bottom camera during flight

    – Photo from side camera during flight

    – Balloon Package stuck in tree :-(

    – Recovery Team and Local Mississippian who helped retrieve package from the tree with package

    Also a link to the full Launch Day Gallery may be found here:

    We would just like to take this moment to thank the following people for their help in making this happen:
    CrawSat III development team: Casey Boudreaux, Ethan Olivier, Rizwan Merchant, Dustin Muse, Chase Savoy, Louis Courville

    Launch Team: Chase Savoy, Casey Boudreaux, Ethan Olivier, Matthew Dupuis

    Ground Station Team: Rizwan Merchant, Nick Pugh, Trey Oliver

    Recovery Team 1: Jeremy Guillory, Alex Wehmann, Eric Rohner

    Recovery Team 2: Lorenzo Evans, Matthew Triche

    Recovery Team 3: Patrick Dellinger, Adam Hebert, Ricky Schexnayder

    The locals of Mississippi for helping recover the package

    Plane Team: Dustin Muse, Louis Courville

    Pilot for Plane: Les Henderson

    Photographers: Ashley Isabelle Yelveton, Beth Guillet

    The Lake Charles National Weather Station and their Staff

    NP Moss Middle Schools Students for making the PearlSats

    Northside Highschool for their payload add on to the CrawSat III

    The ULL Chemistry Department and Dr. August Gallo for their donation of Liquid Nitrogen for the Cold Test

    The ULL Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Department for providing us lab space and the chance to work on this project

    and a very special thanks to Nick Pugh for many a long night of helping, mentoring, teaching us, and pushing us beyond our expectations to reach for the skies and fly.

    Rizwan Merchant
    Flight Director
    CrawSat III

  • CrawSat III – Update for Launch Day

    Greetings Everyone,

    I just got off the phone with the Lake Charles Weather Station, and they are saying our winds are looking great for a launch tomorrow. As are the conditions for our plane to join in the recovery efforts out of New Iberia. Our team is planning to meet in the CAPE Lab tomorrow morning between 5:30 am and 6:00 am to begin preparing our vehicles for the day. Around 6:30 am we will be calling the Lake Charles Weather Station for a final update on the weather conditions, and using their data and our own predictions based off the winds make a final decision to fly or not tomorrow. Assuming we can fly tomorrow, Our Lake Charles Team will be leaving the lab at 7:00 am, and should be ready to release the balloon by 8:20 – 8:30 am. We will be sending out recovery teams around 8:00 am. Currently we are predicting a landing in Moureaville, LA. This is variable to change though.

    Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=31.1327798358211,-91.8187835927651&spn=1,1&hl=en

    Anyone interested in joining us for the day in the lab are more then welcome to join us. I will be sending out another email in the morning once we’ve determined the final decision to fly.


    Rizwan Merchant
    Flight Director, CrawSat III