White Star’s not working with off the shelf balloons though– they’ve got a bigger goal: DIY tropospheric superpressure balloons. these will be capable of multi-week flights, if successfully built. Dan Bowen’s talk– Jump to 3:30 into this talk, and see the superpressure tetroon discussion. 5:40, discussion of Rochte’s designs.
Its been so long since an update. I Spent my summer between Switzerland, studying sanitation with Cewas and Butte, Montana working on community mapping in Centerville through Public Laboratory and the Scoria Residency Program. Now Molly and I are mentoring a studio at PNCA’s MFA program in Collaborative Design, and I’m teaching a class on an intermedia undergraduate course in Art and Science. First critique is tomorrow…
In the mean time, I’m making a cheap kite kit from bamboo and tyvek.
At the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, of which I’m a co-founder, we’ve just been awarded $500,000 by the Knight Foundation. Congrats to all my co-founders, Jeff, Sara, Shannon, Adam, Liz,Stewart, and to our whole online community, and thanks to the Knight Foundation! This is really going jump-start a lot of work!