We are go for one more launch
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On Wednesday May 9th at 12:27:33 the pod took off carrying the names of all main characters active at 31. December 2011.
...But hang on there might be more
We are absolutely overwhelmed by the receptions we received after this venture and what if we were to tell you that we have one balloon left? And we already have all the equipment lying around. And our friendly neighbor Tobbi is interested in building a scale Rifter for us? And we could launch at launch better time due to the 24 hour daylight here in Iceland in allowing more of you to watch this live.
We just can't think of any reason not to do it so we have therefore decided to go for it one more time.
We made it into the stratosphere last time around but we are pretty sure we can get it even higher!
We are doing this on the fly and further details will be given over the next few days. ...what could possibly go wrong?
Pod launch is go at 12:00 GMT Wednesday May 9th
“On Wednesday May 9th at 12:00 GMT Earth time we will take our first steps together into space,” said Hal Sagan when asked for comments. “This is our way of saying thank you to you our players and we hope that this endeavor brings a smile to your face. Misappropriation of funds is something we take very seriously and this is being done on a shoestring budget. Actually, shoestrings are a key component of the space program. This is a monumental moment and should not be missed. Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were but without it we go nowhere.”
We are releasing a high altitude balloon just north of CCP HQ and the hope is that the balloon will drift over the harbour and the CCP HQ.
The balloon will carry a replica of an EVE pod, containing the names of our players, into the stratosphere as promised at the end of last year.
The students of the University of Reykjavík who are handling the launch have made the prediction that it will land in the middle of Kleifarvatn lake.
Siminn who is partnering with us in this adventure is providing us with live video feed and GPS tracking via their 3G network and Samsung Note.
The live feed will start shortly before 12:00 and should last the whole flight all the way up to 100.000 feet. Additionally we have 3 high definiton cameras on board and we will make the recovered recordings available in a few days time.
You will be able to track its flight progress over Iceland here.
The Icelandic Coast Guard is having their regular search and rescue exercise around 14:30 and they made it their objective to retrieve our craft as part of the exercise.