Stratoballoon – Looking for a Launch Site

CJ has started working on trying to find us a suitable launch site.  I gave her some rough requirements to start with:

  1. The launch site needs to be an open area, low or no trees/buildings so there aren’t any snags on release.
  2. Given the prevailing winds here, we need to make sure that the area for the expected travel distance is free of major highways, big bodies of water, airports/airport approaches, etc.

CJ bought a map of southwest Michigan, and started highlighting the airports, figuring that that would allow her to start blocking out portions that were “bad”.


I never realized how many airstrips there are around here.  Sheesh!