The actual launch was not as successful as the launch test for a of couple reasons:
- We did not have enough helium to inflate the balloon as we would have liked. As a result we were forced to remove the New Hampton teddy bear attached to the payload box to lessen the weight with the hope that the balloon would take off. Our high altitude balloon slowly and painfully took off. Again, we just hope that the balloon will get to an altitude in which air pressure will ensure a total inflation.
- The fact that we have yet to receive a signal from the tracking device in the payload box prevents us from knowing the direction the balloon took. Even though we still hope to retrieve the balloon, it will be highly improbable without the tracking signal. Since our prediction was to retrieve the balloon in a location around New Hampton, we hope that someone finds it and contacts us.