Balloons to space from NSW
You know all those wonderful Youtube videos and TV programs about launching helium balloons to space? You didn’t think it was a matter of just grabbing a few party balloons and letting them go did you? Of course not. But beyond the obvious need for some more serious kit in the way of appropriate balloons and tracking devices there’s also the issue of the rules.
Luckily the high-flying Robert Brand has a website dedicated to his space exploits and detailing what’s required for a lift-off from NSW. Brand’s website, wotzup.com, is a treasure trove of local practical information on balloons into space. Importantly this includes how to get permission from the Civil Aviation Authority for a launch.
In addition he’s just taken it upon himself to solve one of the key problems faced by local space-balloon-o-nauts – namely where to buy weather balloons. Brand is now selling 350gram Totex Balloons for $45 including shipping.
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350gram Totex Balloons for $45 including shipping.
Where? Do you have an email or URL?
They cost a lot more now, but none the less there is a sale on that will help with other gear and keep prices down.
In 4 weeks, we take delivery of many boxes of brand new Totex weather balloons for those wanting to conduct stratospheric. If you want an Australian source of weather balloons in small quantities, we are now taking pre-orders for the balloons. In about 4 weeks time we will have the following weather balloons:
I will have on order at that this time)
• 500 gram $80 + $15 Australian delivery + GST
• 800 gram $120 + $15 Australian delivery + GST
• 1,500 gram $190 + $30 Australian delivery + GST
All brand new Totex.
Overseas orders are exempt from GST, but will have an additional handling fee and a higher delivery fee. No details yet as I am focusing on the Australian market. If you have a need for bigger quantities than 3, we can start to discount. We have great prices for orders of 12 with 4 weeks lead time.
Call 0448 881 101 for details.
Is there any local regulations I need to be aware of? Is a permit needed? The link provided no longer works.