Tandem is Awake!

A vehicle never seems alive to me until the main controller is powered up and talking. We got the controller talking to the ground station, accepting commands and sending back data from the sub systems.

Some people lift weights to stay in shape, we lift airships.  We spend the day lifting Tandem, checking balance and moving systems. After an afternoon of an inch here and an an inch there we have her balanced with in 0.2 pounds which is about the same accuracy as the balloon fill so it’s time for hard mount of all the systems.

Next Saturday we’ll be spinning up the motors.

3 Responses to “Tandem is Awake!”

  1. BAther says:

    I suppose the mandatory enquiry which I must put forth is ‘how long till test flights?’

  2. lbparker says:

    Cool! Can’t wait to see the pics.

  3. Innovacer says:

    Tandem is one of my favorites. You are all an inspiration.