Cape Don balloon filling shed on right - chopper is leaving after dropping supplies off. Helium cylinders on left.
Helium in “G” cylinders - gas regulator fitted.
Cape Don site.
Removing inflated 1200gm balloon with target and sonde.
Balloon ready to launch.
Away she goes.
Vaisala and GPS aerials plus spectrometer and sat dish...some of the equipment.
Wildlife checking the aerial.
Sonde with string unwinder.
Tying balloon to filler.
Ready to inflate in shed.
Checking balloon as it fills.
Balloon is starting to lift off filler pan.
1200gm balloon fully inflated.
Making the first tie.
Ready to launch - holding string unwinder (50m of string) Target doubles as parachute.
Release at night.
Attaching sonde, target and string unwinder - a 2 man operation.
Australia day release with unofficial beer cans.
To release in wind you have to run.