I was unexpectedly approached by someone who offered to sponsor another launch.
His only requirement was to launch it by May 13th. I accepted the challenge!
Because of the very short deadline, the high altitude capsule will have a simple design and will re-use flight proven technologies. However this opportunity gives the students who worked on Furiosity another shot at flying their experiments.
I am working hard to demonstrate how to build and launch a “Near Space” balloon from scratch within 2 weeks. Launch is scheduled for this weekend!