Launch Team Checklist 

White Star SpeedBall-1

LAUNCH S.O.P.:

T-12h

Phone Officer Conference

Go      No Go

[ ]        [ ]        FIDO                (Weather)

[ ]        [ ]        CAPCOM                (Payload electronics)

[ ]        [ ]        NETWORK                (Ground Receiving Network)

[ ]        [ ]        FLIGHT                (Flight path)

[ ]        [ ]        BOOSTER                (He Team)

GO

[ ] Notify WSB Team and SPACEPORT via email of GO Condition

NO GO

        [ ] ABORT

        REASON : ________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________                    ________________________________________________________________________________

        [ ] DELAY [ Reset countdown clock to __ __ : __ __ : __ __ ]

        REASON : ________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________    ________________________________________________________________________________

T-3h 

Phone Officer Conference

Go      No Go

[ ]        [ ]        FIDO                (Weather)

[ ]        [ ]        CAPCOM                (Payload electronics)

[ ]        [ ]        NETWORK                (Ground Receiving Network)

[ ]        [ ]        FLIGHT                (Flight path)

GO

[ ]  Notify WSB Team and SPACEPORT via email of GO Condition

NO GO

        [ ] ABORT

        REASON : ________________________________________________________________________________            ________________________________________________________________________________    ________________________________________________________________________________

        [ ] DELAY [ Reset countdown clock to __ __ : __ __ : __ __ ]

        REASON : ________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________

Range Weather

[ ] Launch site weather conditions (Call AWOS at KBAK), record on Google Spreadsheet

[ ] Run Low-level + Hysplit flight prediction based on latest weather download, upload to

T-2.75h 

LEAVE LOUISVILLE

T-2h 

[ ] Lay tarps out and anchor with weights around edges (SPACEPORT @ inflation site)        

[ ] Set up and test Electrical and Internet connection (SPACEPORT)

[ ] Set up Mission Control / FRS Radio Comm link

[ ] Contact Mission Control and check that telemetry receiving station (HF) is functional (SPACEPORT in hanger)

[ ] Position 2 T-size helium tanks at upwind end of tarp area. Secure from rolling with chock-like objects, remove cap on one.  

Balloon tarps should lie downwind from tank (Downwind as forecast at launch time).

[ ] Connect filling regulator apparatus to tank.

[ ] Launch weighted lit pilot balloon to see balloon trajectory relating to obstacles (SPACEPORT)

        Record on provided weather log sheet

Range Weather

[ ] Launch site weather conditions

[ ] Run flight prediction based on latest weather download

T-1.5h

SPACEPORT:

[ ] Launch weighted lit pilot balloon to see balloon trajectory relating to obstacles, record on Weather Log

T-1h

(WSB & SPACEPORT):

[ ] Set payload on launch stand & extend inversion rope toward top of balloon

Fill Team

[ ] Layout balloon on tarps carefully

Range Weather

[ ] Launch weighted lit pilot balloon to see balloon trajectory relating to obstacles (MAYBE SPACEPORT)

[ ] Launch site weather conditions

T-45m

Fill team

      [ ] Attach fill tube to balloon, tie securely with cable ties

[ ] Unpack balloon and lay out parallel to payload train

T-30m

Range Weather

[ ] Launch site weather conditions

[ ] Launch weighted lit pilot balloon to see balloon trajectory relating to obstacles

[ ] Run flight prediction based on latest weather download

[ ] Clean up launch site; pack any unneeded things back into cars.

Go      No Go

[ ]        [ ]        FIDO                (Weather)

[ ]        [ ]        CAPCOM                (Payload electronics)

[ ]        [ ]        NETWORK                (Ground Receiving Network)

[ ]        [ ]        FLIGHT                (Flight path)

[ ]        [ ]        BOOSTER                (He Team)

GO

[ ] Notify BAK Tower & INDY CENTER of imminent launch, give web site for Air Traffic Control viewers:         

http://www.wxqa.com/cgi-bin/balon1.cgi

NO GO

        [ ] ABORT

        REASON : ________________________________________________________________________________

                    ________________________________________________________________________________

                    ________________________________________________________________________________

        [ ] DELAY [ Reset countdown clock to __ __ : __ __ : __ __ ]

        REASON : ________________________________________________________________________________

                    ________________________________________________________________________________

                    ________________________________________________________________________________

        [ ] Notify ATC of Flight Plan Change???

T-15m

[ ] Inflation begins

T-5m

[ ] Tie payload string to balloon

[ ] Arm cut-down and tape closed

T-0

Range Weather 

[ ] Launch site weather conditions

[ ] RECORD RELEASE TIME __ __ : __ __ UTC

T+

[ ] Collect remaining supplies for transport from launch site

[ ] Call recovery team to notify of launch time and predicted landing site coordinates