Hope that last payload finds its way home eventually.
The line on ours broke about a foot below the parachute. The only thing I can figure is that the line somehow snagged around a small part of he tracker, which was on the line below the parachute, and cut it when it came under tension.
We were using the flight line sold by High Altitude Science. I doubt that the line itself was at fault, but would like to know what others are using for flight line.
In spite of our failure, we enjoyed event very much. It was great to meet all of you.
From: L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2018 5:50 PM
Subject: [GPSL] Recoveries
The second launch site launched 5 balloons and three of them have been recovered.
The first one broke loose of the parachute and took off without the tracker so we're writing that flight off.
The last one landed nearing major road south of Boise and it appears to have been picked up by a stranger. This flight reach the 124700 feet and landed far west of the rest of the balloons. However, we were recovering the other balloons first and this one was out in the desert near. major road for several hours before we got there. We have a good bead on its landing site and search the area thoroughly. Since there's no balloon to be found I am assuming that a stranger picked it up.