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2012-09-04 12:16:34 PM  
I think someone is getting an "A" in his science class.
 
2012-09-04 12:29:18 PM  
That's pretty amazing what you can do with around $1000 - Create a science package, send it up 20 miles and receive telemetry. Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.
 
2012-09-04 12:46:14 PM  
I am pleasantly surprised that LE didn't blow it up.

Good on them for not panicking.
 
2012-09-04 01:13:20 PM  

UberDave: That's pretty amazing what you can do with around $1000 - Create a science package, send it up 20 miles and receive telemetry. Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.


And that poor mormon boy down the street had to do his entire project with what was in the garage

s2.buzzfeed.com
 
2012-09-04 01:20:45 PM  
He is lucky it didn't land in Boston. The Boston PD would have evacuated a 7 block radius, blown up the science project, charged the kid with multiple felonies and sent a bill for $30,000 to the kids mom.
 
2012-09-04 01:56:01 PM  

PacManDreaming: I think someone is getting an "A" in his science class.


I think someone's getting his ass hauled off to Gitmo.
 
2012-09-04 02:34:49 PM  
I read the article and thought the whole time it was about a "beekeeping Box".
 
2012-09-04 02:35:57 PM  

UberDave: That's pretty amazing what you can do with around $1000 - Create a science package, send it up 20 miles and receive telemetry. Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.


He's going to be charged by the FAA for interfering with air traffic, launching an unlicensed rocket, explosives, enciting panic, domestic terrorism, etc.
 
2012-09-04 02:36:38 PM  
Must have been some pretty weak winds (or a ton of directional shear) to only go 10 miles laterally while still achieving 30 km in altitude.
 
2012-09-04 02:36:49 PM  
"I walk out here, and I'm like, 'What is this?'" he told WMUR. "There's a parachute with like a weather balloon-type thing with like these flags on it and everything, and there was a box."

"I called the police because I didn't know what it was," Toland said.


I've got a kind weird growth that's kind of scratchy on the back of my arm. I don't know what it is. I didn't realize that I could call the police to have them identify it for me... Good to know.
 
2012-09-04 02:37:24 PM  

PacManDreaming: I think someone is getting an "A" in his science class.


Kid should get an F

Not only didn't he have an original idea, he got it off a tv commercial.

http://sullybaseball.blogspot.com/2011/06/yes-we-know-you-got-weather - balloon.html
 
2012-09-04 02:41:16 PM  
Crap - am I the only dork who was reminded of The Hunger Games?


/dork
 
2012-09-04 02:41:51 PM  

VegasVinnie: "I walk out here, and I'm like, 'What is this?'" he told WMUR. "There's a parachute with like a weather balloon-type thing with like these flags on it and everything, and there was a box."

"I called the police because I didn't know what it was," Toland said.

I've got a kind weird growth that's kind of scratchy on the back of my arm. I don't know what it is. I didn't realize that I could call the police to have them identify it for me... Good to know.


Who do you call if you're not sure what the number is for 9-1-1?
 
2012-09-04 02:41:51 PM  
This week's Iron Photoshop ingredients: a beeping box with flags and a parachute.
 
2012-09-04 02:42:03 PM  
I'm surprised he didn't put contact information in big letters around the outside.
 
2012-09-04 02:42:34 PM  
So that's cool and all, but what about when the parachute falls to pop and it drops down on top of a person/pet/car window/etc. I thought you normally released these over less densely populated areas.
 
2012-09-04 02:43:31 PM  
If you think that's cool, check out what a childhood friend of mine (and a Farker, to boot!) did a few years back:

The Mercury Joe Project

He's got a Facebook Page, too!

He comes in Peace, not in pieces! 

www.mercuryjoe.com

He's Mercury Joe!
 
2012-09-04 02:43:34 PM  

ShawnDoc: He is lucky it didn't land in Boston. The Boston PD would have evacuated a 7 block radius, blown up the science project, charged the kid with multiple felonies and sent a bill for $30,000 to the kids mom.


If_it's_not_an_American_flag,_it's_probably_a_bomb.jpg
 
2012-09-04 02:44:58 PM  
And Dell will be making a cheesy commercial about this in 3...2...1....
 
2012-09-04 02:45:01 PM  

nytmare: VegasVinnie: "I walk out here, and I'm like, 'What is this?'" he told WMUR. "There's a parachute with like a weather balloon-type thing with like these flags on it and everything, and there was a box."

"I called the police because I didn't know what it was," Toland said.

I've got a kind weird growth that's kind of scratchy on the back of my arm. I don't know what it is. I didn't realize that I could call the police to have them identify it for me... Good to know.

Who do you call if you're not sure what the number is for 9-1-1?


You call 4-1-1 and ask for the number, duh!
 
2012-09-04 02:46:29 PM  

s9.postimage.org

 
2012-09-04 02:47:39 PM  
"Hey, what's this beeping box with flags and a parachute? And why is it in my driveway?"

Hey, what's this tab that's clicking and why couldn't subby have said, "(Autoplay video)"?
 
2012-09-04 02:49:42 PM  
I'm collecting the parts to try this myself. Unfortunatly I live too close to Mexico and I'm afraid of it drifting over the border. If it crosses over, there is no way I'm going after it.
 
2012-09-04 02:50:15 PM  
I'm surprised he hasn't heard from the FAA.
 
2012-09-04 02:50:23 PM  

jn1512: Crap - am I the only dork who was reminded of The Hunger Games?


Nope.
 
2012-09-04 02:55:46 PM  
Live Free or Die
 
2012-09-04 02:57:02 PM  

jn1512: Crap - am I the only dork who was reminded of The Hunger Games?


/dork


Nope. I was thinking that Haymitch must have shmoozed a sponsor for the guy.
 
2012-09-04 02:59:57 PM  
i was thinking something like this:

members.iinet.net.au
 
2012-09-04 03:01:44 PM  
A parachute implies that it is designed for falling through the air, so obviously someone delivered it and expects you to take it up in an airplane and drop it. To the air charter terminal!
 
2012-09-04 03:01:45 PM  

scottydoesntknow: UberDave: That's pretty amazing what you can do with around $1000 - Create a science package, send it up 20 miles and receive telemetry. Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.

And that poor mormon boy down the street had to do his entire project with what was in the garage

[s2.buzzfeed.com image 494x334]


Hypothesis: No

Farking lol!
 
2012-09-04 03:04:47 PM  
Sounds like something from our Pride parade
 
2012-09-04 03:09:05 PM  
Stiffler's mom does the news?
 
2012-09-04 03:16:05 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: I read the article and thought the whole time it was about a "beekeeping Box".


Ohhhhhhhhhh. Great science project idea.
Tie a bee's nest to a balloon. Let it fly. See where it lands.
Lightweight way to ship honey, too.
 
2012-09-04 03:22:33 PM  
i253.photobucket.com
 
 
For my fifth grade science project I sent a production of The MIracle Worker to the moon.  Nobody believed me.

:(
 
2012-09-04 03:31:42 PM  

jn1512: Crap - am I the only dork who was reminded of The Hunger Games?


/dork


That's what I was looking for too.
 
2012-09-04 03:42:53 PM  
I have been wanting to do this for years.

Friggin punk kid...
 
2012-09-04 03:42:56 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Get off my lawn !
 
2012-09-04 03:55:50 PM  
Major League Baseball is watching!
 
2012-09-04 04:04:34 PM  
"Hey, what's this bleeping box with flags and a parachute? And why is it in my driveway?"

static5.businessinsider.com

/Falcon?
 
2012-09-04 04:09:21 PM  

VegasVinnie: "I walk out here, and I'm like, 'What is this?'" he told WMUR. "There's a parachute with like a weather balloon-type thing with like these flags on it and everything, and there was a box."

"I called the police because I didn't know what it was," Toland said.

I've got a kind weird growth that's kind of scratchy on the back of my arm. I don't know what it is. I didn't realize that I could call the police to have them identify it for me... Good to know.


So he should have called a dermatologist?
 
2012-09-04 04:13:09 PM  

UberDave: Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.


You only get a new location every ten minutes, but I believe it transmits more-or-less continuously. It doesn't have an ack mechanism, and the satellite constellation coverage isn't continuous, so it just sends everything over and over and over and hopes that at least one of the attempts goes through.
 
2012-09-04 04:26:38 PM  

VegasVinnie: "I walk out here, and I'm like, 'What is this?'" he told WMUR. "There's a parachute with like a weather balloon-type thing with like these flags on it and everything, and there was a box."

"I called the police because I didn't know what it was," Toland said.

I've got a kind weird growth that's kind of scratchy on the back of my arm. I don't know what it is. I didn't realize that I could call the police to have them identify it for me... Good to know.


Or, you know, maybe he thought it was a weather balloon and maybe NOAA would want their telemetry box back?

That would be my first thought and I don't have any immediate way to contact NOAA, so I'd call the local cops.
 
2012-09-04 04:27:06 PM  
I hear the kid just packed for Langley.
 
2012-09-04 04:39:35 PM  

WordsnCollision: "Hey, what's this bleeping box with flags and a parachute? And why is it in my driveway?"

[static5.businessinsider.com image 403x275]

/Falcon?


Nice to see another Coloradoan here! And thank you for beating me to the punch!
 
2012-09-04 04:52:02 PM  

ShawnDoc: He is lucky it didn't land in Boston. The Boston PD would have evacuated a 7 block radius, blown up the science project, charged the kid with multiple felonies and sent a bill for $30,000 to the kids mom.


came here to say that, so i will post this pic instead
pictures.mastermarf.com
 
2012-09-04 05:07:40 PM  
i253.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-04 05:29:54 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: UberDave: That's pretty amazing what you can do with around $1000 - Create a science package, send it up 20 miles and receive telemetry. Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.

He's going to be charged by the FAA for interfering with air traffic, launching an unlicensed rocket, explosives, enciting panic, domestic terrorism, etc.


That's just stupid.. there was no rocket, no explosives and you are dumb.
 
2012-09-04 05:39:26 PM  

raygundan: UberDave: Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.

You only get a new location every ten minutes, but I believe it transmits more-or-less continuously. It doesn't have an ack mechanism, and the satellite constellation coverage isn't continuous, so it just sends everything over and over and over and hopes that at least one of the attempts goes through.


Like this?

blogs.mcall.com
 
2012-09-04 05:41:29 PM  

raygundan: UberDave: Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.

You only get a new location every ten minutes, but I believe it transmits more-or-less continuously. It doesn't have an ack mechanism, and the satellite constellation coverage isn't continuous, so it just sends everything over and over and over and hopes that at least one of the attempts goes through.



That's not what I've always understood. But what you're describing is how the 911, "I'm OK" and Emergency features work when they are in their message cycle. The manual and basic rundown of the tracking feature isn't really clear on what happens. But if you purchase the tracking feature it is explained a little better - a message is transmitted every 10 minutes. The tracks I've recorded kind of support this also. I've had instances where the tracking was fine then one of the points has me a mile away in the adjacent basin. It if it was constant transmission, that track would have been tossed for sure (as an algorithm to handle such a thing would be simple).

The spot does some weird things or at least used to. I remember a guy describing having to use the 911 feature at altitude on a steep face. He activated the beacon and then proceeded to make his way to the injured party several hundred feet down the mountain. The SAR team, when they arrived, told him that the GPS coordinates that they had were almost a quarter mile away from where he was. Apparently, the software behind the SPOT messenger was written to track people lost at sea (so he described) and would only register new GPS data when it was a quarter mile different from the last location. Quite interesting but I'm guessing they changed that.

Anyway, this link gives a more lengthy description of the Track Progress feature.
 
2012-09-04 06:03:44 PM  

scottydoesntknow: UberDave: That's pretty amazing what you can do with around $1000 - Create a science package, send it up 20 miles and receive telemetry. Of course, the only thing about the SPOT tracker is that it sends out a signal every 10 minutes.

And that poor mormon boy down the street had to do his entire project with what was in the garage

[s2.buzzfeed.com image 494x334]


All I can say is:
 
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