Monday, May 23, 2011

BTS-1 Space Camp in the Swamp

"Last time on BTS-1: the three member crew, Commander Camilla SDO, Pilot Fuzz Aldrin and Mission Specialist Skye Bleu launched in their balloon propelled capsule to the Edge of Space. The capsule, named 'Inspiration' had three cameras mounted to capture the view of the balloon and Earth beneath it. At 60,000 feet a personal message from the ISS was received. At 78,000 feet communications and tracking was lost. The situation became dire. After long 15 minutes of no com, the ground tracking picked up the BTS-1 signal again. The crew was descending fast, flying over Lake Sabine, crossing into Louisiana. Commander Camilla SDO had time for one last twitter update "Gdetjb voiygb Bd biydv" before they landed. And landed they did - right inside a wildlife refuge. An area filled with alligators and mosquitos. The ground rescue team just could not reach them..."

The Mission Team just released real-time Launch and Flight Communication from the BTS-1 mission. I thought I would share a few screen shots with you before telling you about our adventures inside the swampy Wildlife Refuge area! 

Exerts from the BTS-1 Launch & Flight Communication Log (LFCL) 

As mentioned in my previous post, right after the crash landing we checked and made sure we all were fine and we got ready for some time in the wilderness. 

The question we get all the time "What did you do all day long inside the swamp?". Well, believe us when we say, we had plenty of things to do. We spread the red parachute out so our rescue team could spot is a little easier. Then we prepared a little camp, told each other stories, sang camping songs, did some star gazing at night and made friends with some of the habitants at our "vacationing paradise". Last thing we wanted is for them to think we did not come in peace...

The time went by pretty fast. On Day 3 (Tuesday) we did hear a something that sounded like a boat or an airboat. But it was so windy that day it was hard to tell from what direction it was coming. Only later did we learn that the Fish & Wildlife team tried to find us but had to turn around approx. 1/2 mile away because of the weather. 

So that night we decided to have a good dinner. Yes, we did have real rations with us. And before you look at me (well, your screen funny), yes, this crew eats everything. So don't give me a hard time for liking my Sweet & Sour Chicken (keep in mind, I am a rubber chicken, which is a completely different species from the laetus pullus! If you have followed my blog, then you know that I am very fascinated by Space Food. There goes a lot of thought into the items our astronauts eat in Space. 
Shrimp Fried Rice, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Grilled Pork Chop, Cranapple Desert, Cinnamon Scone
and plenty of dehydrated water and coffee! 
And of course we cannot forget the cupcake Pilot Fuzzy got on board! Which I believe made us a little heavy during our ascent. But hey, how happy were we later!?! 

So while we were stuck and waiting, our recovery teams put together some "press-conference style" updates about our BTS-1 flight and the rescue operation. Of course we didn't see these until after our rescue. We didn't have a TV or internet there. And even if we did, our fuel cells were already depleted. 

In my next update I will tell you about the heroic recovery efforts from the Sabine Wildlife people! And this was almost out of a James Bond movie! Really, it was that cool. Except, we weren't there...

1 comment:

  1. The space camp that they offered here was so good. So much to get from what they offered here. I see so many learning from this camp. They need to offer this camp more. Personal Injury Lawyer Toronto