BuildClub - NewMakeIt

Update: February 3rd

We have a good looking window for this Saturday the 8th Feb. We are checking with our team and the helium supplier to see if all are available. Will update here over the next day or so if this is a GO!

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Update: January 8th

Have been looking at this weekend as the next possible launch date. As you can see from the below images ... although we have a good flight predicted path; the ground weather has too high winds which would make the landing dangerous with the payload under parachute potentially being blown sideways at a speed that could cause damage to property or injury to the public. We will therefore need to look to another date.

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UPDATE: Saturday November 30th 7:30am

Hey all .... due to worsening weather conditions, I have made the call to postpone SpaceNMX3's launch for tomorrow. Winds are extremely high for both the launch and landing. I believe that the landing in particular would be dangerous as our payload and parachute could get driven sideways by close to 60km gusts and become a hazard to people and property. We will take a look at next weekend as a possible 'rain date' and will announce once we have time to analyze.

Payload

UPDATE: Looking like we may move the launch to Sunday Dec 1st at 8am due to the predicted flight path for Saturday takes the payload into the USA! Sunday could launch from Newmarket (thinking Ray Twinney possibly). Otherwise we are looking pretty good.

Will update soon on confirmed launch date/location and other details including our live stream links etc.

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- PRESS RELEASE
NewMakeIt's Build Club to Launch High Altitude Weather Balloon HAB (SpaceNMX3) to the 'Edge of Space' Saturday November 30th, 2019.

Following up on the Build Club's successful two previous flights, the Club is returning with a more ambitious project; new payload design and Newmarket High School students' experiments on board!

The Grade 12 Science classes at Newmarket High School, run by Mr. Ryan Thompson, are working on projects around this planned launch and experiments that can be carried onboard. Designed to certain size and weight restrictions the students have been guided with the knowledge that there is almost zero air pressure at altitude; temperatures drop to -60C; there is radiation present and the flight passes through the jet stream and layers of atmosphere. Student will submit their ideas for review and suggestions before completing for the end of the month.

Also planned is to send up three tree samplings that will be planted on their return to earth (and a cash donation) in support of #TeamTrees (an online effort to fund the planting of 20million trees by the end of the year - https://teamtrees.org/). Please go there and support!

On November 30th the HAB will be filled with helium and will be launched carrying the specially made payload, including the students experiments, sensors, trackers, data loggers and cameras, approximately 30,000+ meters (100,000- feet, 19 miles) into the Earth's atmosphere before expanding and popping in the thin air and falling back to the ground under a parachute made to slow its descent. On landing, it will be located and the experiments, images and video collected for analysis.

The project involves following strict guidelines on weight and payload content. A flight plan will be submitted to NAV CANADA FIC and a radar reflector included in the payload. The balloon is tracked using radio APRS signals and a satellite GPS tracker. All in accordance with best practise guidelines for HAB launches.

Additional information will be updated throughout the month on this website:
http://www.newmakeitmembers.com/ and we will be live streaming the launch, chase, tracking and recovery on the 30th and will provide links here for anyone to join in and view.

The NewMakeIt members would like to thank the following for their support
Gamebridge Go Karts
http://www.gamebridgegokarts.com/
ProResp Inc.
ProResp.com
The Town of Newmarket
https://www.newmarket.ca/
NewMakeIt
http://www.newmakeit.com/

SpaceNMX3 payload module.

SpaceNMX3 Payload Module: See-thru module will contain camera overseeing the students experiments and through the shell to see the darkness of space and the glow of the earth below!

PRESS RELEASE

NewMakeIt's Build Club second flight of a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) to the 'Edge of Space' Saturday July 13th, 2019 is a huge success.

A helium filled weather balloon was launched at 7:58am EST from the Gamebridge Go Kart grounds, 2687 Concession Road A, Brechin, ON by Build Club members and watched by family and friends. It carried a specially made payload, including sensors, trackers, data loggers and cameras, into the Earth's atmosphere before expanding and popping in the thin air and falling back to the ground under a parachute made to slow its descent.

After the launch a Build Club team headed to NewMakeIt (HQ) to track and manage the live streams whilst chase vehicles headed off towards the predicted landing spot.

During it's flight the HAB reached an altitude of 28,152m (90,250ft) before the balloon burst. At times it had travelled sideways at speeds up to 117km/hr and fell at speeds up to 54km/hr until the air thickened and the parachute slowed the descent.

By 10:19pm the payload had landed just west of Norwood, ON, 92.23km from the launch site. The chase team searched a corn field and edge of a tree line to retrieve the payload and parachute fully intact on a dirt path.

The days events were recorded in videos and images from 4 onboard camera, drone footage at launch and recovery and from numerous on ground cameras.

The successful mission was near perfect. We launched into clear, sunny skies; the HAB loosely followed our predicted route and landed approximately 100km away where one of our chase vehicles was able to see it descend. Lastly we had the luck to have it land in a clear path on the edge of a farm field and line of trees owned by a wonderful family who went out of their way to help us retrieve it.

The BuildClub looks to repeat the process in a few months with projects from school students including experiments for high altitude/thin air conditions and to improve heights reached and images captured.

NewMakeIt's Build Club is a group of like minded members who gather (typically Wednesday evenings) to work on projects of interest to them; to share knowledge; learn from each other and to stretch their abilities in a friendly and social atmosphere. (http://www.newmakeitmembers.com/)

NewMakeIt is a not-for-profit makerspace that houses laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines and wood and metal working machines as a resource for entrepreneurs and hobbyists from Newmarket and beyond to realize their dreams; start a business; or expand their knowledge and skills. (NewMakeIt.com)

The NewMakeIt members would like to thank the following for their support

ProResp Inc.
https://www.proresp.com/

Gamebridge Go Karts
http://www.gamebridgegokarts.com/

The Town of Newmarket
https://www.newmarket.ca/

DATA POINTS

LAUNCH
Date: 13th July, 2019
Start: 07:58:12 EDT
Location: Gamebridge Go Kart grounds, 2687 Concession Road A, Brechin, ON
Ascent speed: 5.2m/s

FLIGHT
Highest Altitude: 28,152m
Max Horizontal Speed: 117 km/hr
Max Vertical (falling) speed: 54km/hr

LANDING
End: 10:19:00 EDT
Location: Norwood, ON, Canada
Descent speed: 4m/s
Distance travelled from launch: 92.23km

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UPDATE: Thursday 11, 2019 9:30 EST

Launch is a go for 7:30 AM EST Saturday 13th of July.
Event will be live streamed here: https://youtu.be/_vc7LktII5k

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BACK TO 'SPACE' NMX2

That's right ... NewMakeIt members are back at it again and looking to launch a second High Altitude Balloon (HAB) on Saturday July 13th.

Here's the ....

PRESS RELEASE
NewMakeIt's Build Club to Launch High Altitude Weather Balloon (SpaceNMX2) to the 'Edge of Space' Saturday July 13th, 2019

Following up on the Build Club's successful first flight April 14th, the Club is returning with a more ambitious project; new payload design, more cameras, a bigger balloon and more helium.

On July 13th a weather balloon filled with helium will carry a specially made payload, including sensors, trackers, data loggers and cameras, approximately 30,000+ meters (100,000- feet, 19 miles) into the Earth's atmosphere before expanding and popping in the thin air and falling back to the ground under a parachute made to slow its descent.

The carefully planned launch is scheduled to take place 7:30AM on Saturday July 13th, 2019 at the Gamebridge Go Kart grounds, 2687 Concession Road A, Brechin, ON, with an easterly flight path predicted to last 2 1/2hrs with a touchdown location somewhere near Frontenac Township north of Kingston.

The project, months in the making, involves following strict guidelines on weight and payload content. A flight plan will be submitted to NAV CANADA FIC and a radar reflector included in the payload. The balloon is tracked using radio APRS signals and a satellite GPS tracker.

The Build Club's members will form 3 units some with multiple roles including the launch team; communications and tracking and the chase and retrieval team.
If all goes well, around lunch time Saturday, the Build Club hopes to have retrieved the payload and be able to view video and images capturing the flight, curvature of the earth and landing. During the flight the payload will experience -60C temperatures, extremely thin air, wind turbulence and high initial descent rate before the parachute catches thicker air.

The days events will be live streamed on YouTube (link will be provided here) and a YouTube video is planned once all the captured images and videos can be processed and edited.

The mission is fraught with many potential hazards: It is the teams' second launch; predicted flight paths may prove wrong; the balloon and/or parachute may malfunction; trackers may fail and the payload may fall into water or get stuck high in trees making retrieval difficult. It is these elements that make the challenge both fun, educational and rewarding.

NewMakeIt's Build Club is a group of like minded members who gather (typically Wednesday evenings) to work on projects of interest to them; to share knowledge; learn from each other and to stretch their abilities in a friendly and social atmosphere.
NewMakeIt.com

The NewMakeIt members would like to thank the following for their support

Gamebridge Go Karts
http://www.gamebridgegokarts.com/

ProResp Inc.
ProResp.com

The Town of Newmarket
https://www.newmarket.ca/

NewMakeIt
http://www.newmakeit.com/

Additional details:
How to Watch ...
We are working on live streaming the event over YouTube and will update this website with a link closer to the event.

The plan is to broadcast from (please feel free to join us at 1 or 2):

1. Gamebridge Go Kart grounds, 2687 Concession Road A, Brechin, ON
Time: 7am - 8am*

2. Command and Control HQ - NewMakeIt 621 Timothy Street, Newmarket, ON
Time: 8:30am - 12noon*

3. In chase and recovery vehicles and on foot at landing location somewhere near Frontenac Township north of Kingston
Time: 10am - 12noon*

*All times extremely fluid

SpaceNMX2_announce

SpaceNMX2 will have a new payload container (X shaped wings that we hope will keep the payload from rotating, but a least will look real cool!).

We are additionally looking to carry 4 camera setups (up, down, left and right facing) so we can see leaving and returning to earth; balloon burst and parachute effect and high definition video and picture capture.

More updates to follow .....

New payload craft design


APRIL14TH 2019 LAUNCH - SPACENMX

High Altitude Weather Balloon (SpaceNMX)

NewMakeIt's Build Club Successfully Launched a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) to the 'Edge of Space' Sunday April 14th, 2019

A helium filled weather balloon was launched at 8:07am EST from the Gamebridge Go Kart grounds, 2687 Concession Road A, Brechin, ON by Build Club members and watched by family and friends. It carried a specially made payload, including sensors, trackers, data loggers and cameras, into the Earth's atmosphere before expanding and popping in the thin air and falling back to the ground under a parachute made to slow its descent.

The project, months in the making, involved following strict guidelines on weight and payload content. A flight plan was submitted to NAV CANADA FIC and a radar reflector included in the payload. The balloon was tracked using radio APRS signals and a satellite GPS tracker.

After the launch a Build Club team headed to NewMakeIt (HQ) to track and manage the live streams whilst chase vehicles headed off towards the predicted landing spot.

During it's flight the HAB reached an altitude of 28,230m (93,000ft) before the balloon burst. At times it had travelled at speeds up to 260km/hr and fell at speeds up to 106km/hr until the air thickened and the parachute slowed the descent.

By 12:18pm the payload had landed in Alfred Bog, ON near Ottawa, 363km from the launch site. The chase team hiked a few kilometres through a bog, thick forest and rough terrain to retrieve the payload and parachute fully intact on soft brush.

The days events were live streamed on Twitch  and videos are being processed (one is posted below) and edited from the onboard cameras, images taken by members and the recorded live stream from the day.

The successful mission was particularly rewarding as the project had numerous points of potential failure and suffered from a loss of tracking due to an electrical issue midway through the flight, leaving the team blind for a portion of the time. Luckily systems came back online and the landing location was pin pointed.

The BuildClub looks to repeat the process in a few months with lessons learned and open the payload perhaps to high school's to challenge students to include experiments for high altitude/thin air conditions and to improve heights reached and images captured.

NewMakeIt's Build Club is a group of like minded members who gather (typically Wednesday evenings) to work on projects of interest to them; to share knowledge; learn from each other and to stretch their abilities in a friendly and social atmosphere. (http://www.newmakeitmembers.com/)

NewMakeIt is a not-for-profit makerspace that houses laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC machines and wood and metal working machines as a resource for entrepreneurs and hobbyists from Newmarket and beyond to realize their dreams; start a business; or expand their knowledge and skills. (NewMakeIt.com)

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The NewMakeIt members would like to thank the following for their support:
Gamebridge Go Karts
Gamebridgegokarts.com/
ProResp Inc.
ProResp.com

DATA POINTS
LAUNCH
Date: 14th April, 2019
Start: 08:07:12 EDT
Location: Gamebridge Go Kart grounds, 2687 Concession Road A, Brechin, ON
Ascent speed: 2.5m/s

FLIGHT
Highest Altitude: 28,230m
Max Horizontal Speed: 260 km/hr
Max Vertical (falling) speed: 106km/hr

LANDING
End: 12:18:00 EDT
Location: Alfred Bog, Ontario, Canada
Descent speed: 3m/s
Distance travelled from launch: 363.18km

Early testing of Payload at NewMakeIt
Parachute made from a donated tent
High density foam to insulate the electronics from -60C upper temps
Electronics mounted on laser cut supports
Epoxy covered foam payload with 3D printed parts and carbon fibre rods
3D model design of payload
3D printed logo
Leaving Gamebridge Go Kart launch site
SPOT GPS tracker last signs at landing site
APRS signals showing ascent and track of HAB
Below Video Notes: Timelapse of 1300+ images of flight start to finish. Balloon burst at 3:20.

Below Video Notes: Timelapse of Balloon setup. Length of video: 1:15mins.
Below Video Notes: Launch video at 8x speed. Length of video: 2.29mins.

WHO WE ARE ...

NewMakeIt's Build Club is a group of like minded members who gather (typically Wednesday evenings) to work on projects of interest to them; to share knowledge; learn from each other and to stretch their abilities in a friendly and social atmosphere.
NewMakeIt.com

SPECIAL THANKS ...

NewMakeIt receives tremendous support from the Town of Newmarket, without which none of this would have happened or been possible.