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butch wilks
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posted 12-06-2012 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Ha, hold you hard there boy" Kevin. (That's a Suffolk country saying for you in the USA.)

I'll have the EGB-V in the post to you by Saturday or Tuesday. And as it's now going with the UK post office you may get it in 3 week to 6 month time.

You just have to love the UK post office, they cannot get it right if they tried too.
So it will be with you soon Kevin (I hope).

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 12-06-2012 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully it will just be a few days Butch. I will post here when the EGB-V lands safely at my door.

butch wilks
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posted 12-15-2012 03:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was announced today that a 1950/60 unused and restored blue streak rocket was used to put back into orbit: the reused EGB-V satellite (go, go Great Britain space industry).

It was from a unknown launch site off Lowestoft with little notes to the EU. (We think it put the wind up Holland for a time.)

This marks the second use of the Blue Streak rocket has been use to put a satellite in to orbit. The last one is still in orbit now and is still working.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 12-15-2012 03:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful news Butch, I'm glad you found a new propultion system to re-launch the EGB-V. Looking forward to it's safe touch down in the High Wycombe area early next week. Recovery crew is now on stand-by.

Do we know the revised payload weight at all, or it that classified information?

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 12-20-2012 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The EGB-V has been sighted. It landed short and is now awaiting recovery from the Royal Mail Depot on the Cressex Industrial Estate, north of High Wycombe. I'm told it is still displaying it's Belgium markings (stamps), (not U.K. ones), so until it is transported down to High Wycombe's main sorting office in the town center, I won't know what the damage is, (cost of recovery)?

I hope to recover it tomorrow, Friday 21st December.

butch wilks
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posted 12-20-2012 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kevin, I did see the post office at Lowestoft put on UK stamps on to the EGB-V. All £8.80 of them. I did take off all the old labels off the top of the box but left on an EGB-V sticker and crossed out the labels on the sides of it too. On me sending it off to you it had no stamps on it.

So if you have to pay for it have a good go at them as I can back you up all the way.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 12-20-2012 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Butch, I have not seen the EGB-V package myself, this information came from my local post man who saw this distinctive package in among a mountain of packages to be delivered to my area before the 25th December. I had told him what the package could look like a few days ago, and to look out for it.
I am hoping there will be no problems with this package from Royal Mail.

fredtrav
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posted 12-20-2012 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Problems with Royal Mail. I heard that NEVER happens, just like the USPS.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 12-21-2012 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The EGB-V landed safely at my door this morning. No damage and no recovery costs.

It was a Belgium address label that was seen on the top of the payload package and not stamps. So all is well.

The EGB-V will be docked to my flat over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and will be re-launched in early January.

spaced out
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posted 01-02-2013 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to hearing about the re-launch of the EGB-V.

I suppose the good thing is that even the modern patches I put in there are going to be vintage versions by the time the box reaches Scotland.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 01-02-2013 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have e-mailed Alex, and I'm waiting for a reply to comfirm his current address.

There was very few of your modern patches left in the EGB-V, so I have added a load of my older Shuttle ones.

ApolloAlex
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posted 01-03-2013 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Email reply sent, looking forward to receiving the box of goodies and this year I have plenty to add, including a piece of flown Atlas-Agena!

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 01-04-2013 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The EGB-V took off again this morning at 09:18am GMT, with an increased payload of 4.435Kg due to all the extra Apollo and Shuttle mission patches I enclosed.

It should land again in Bromsgrove on Monday 7th January.

ApolloAlex
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posted 01-05-2013 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Kevin, it safely arrived this morning, it was like Christmas all over again.

Kevin T. Randall
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posted 01-05-2013 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gosh! That was quick, and with extra payloads too!

ApolloAlex
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posted 01-05-2013 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gone through most of the box and have a little more to do tomorrow and hopefully have it in the post either Monday or Tuesday!

ApolloAlex
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posted 01-14-2013 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is now on its next leg of its journey with some good stuff added.

spaced out
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posted 01-14-2013 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The up-to-date flight path is now as follows:
  1. Spaced Out (Chris Spain), Le Pecq, France
  2. Apollo8 (Karl F. Gunther), Bundorf, Germany
  3. space-coins, Angelika Schacht, Gechingen, Germany
  4. Rocket Chris, Bremen, Germany
  5. Dietrich (Dietrich Haeseler), Grafelfing, Germany
  6. Jacques van Oene, Houten, Holland
  7. Kirsten Müller, Delft, Holland
  8. Ann, Antwerp, Belgium
  9. Eurospace (Jurgen P Esders), Brussels, Belgium
  10. Dirk (Dirk De Quick), Lierde, Belgium
  11. Butch Wilks, Lowestoft, UK
  12. Kevin T. Randall, High Wycombe, UK
  13. ApolloAlex (Alex Ward), Bromsgrove, UK
  14. Besixdouze (Mike Riches), Hebden Bridge, UK
  15. Steve Procter, Leeds, UK
  16. Mark Print, Paisley, UK
  17. medaris (Cameron Stark), Inverness UK
  18. martin00sr, (Martin Schwebs Rasmussen), Soenderborg, Denmark
  19. perssj, (Jan Persson), molndal, Sweden
  20. Frederic Janik, Helsinki, Finland
  21. Daniel Lazeky, Havirov, Czech Republic

Besixdouze
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posted 01-17-2013 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy to say the EGB-V has touched down safely in Hebden Bridge before the onset of adverse weather conditions forecast for Friday and the weekend. Currently going through the manifest and will contact Steve off forum to arrange a mutually convenient handover. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

spaced out
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posted 01-17-2013 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a word on the weight of the box: I launched it at a few grams under 3kg in order to keep the postage manageable for international deliveries, but I note that Kevin gave a recent weight as nearly 4.5kg.

Within the UK I understand that the delivery cost up to 4kg is £8.80 which isn't too bad, and 4 to 5kg is £12.30.

However, when it comes time to send the box back to Europe there's a risk the postage is going to be very hefty (maybe £25 to £30) if the box is at this kind of weight, and the same may hold true for the subsequent deliveries from Denmark to Sweden, to Finland and on to the Czech Republic.

I strongly recommend that a serious weight-loss program is put in place (like Grumman's efforts with the LEM development) over the next few steps in the UK.

Key items for removal would be heavy weight but low value items such as books.

spaced out
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posted 01-28-2013 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless I'm missing some tracking data in the latest telemetry the EGB-V seems to have been placed in geostationary mode at Hebden Bridge.

With just 31km to travel between its current location and the next target I might have thought this step would be the quickest of the mission but it seems the manoeuvre is more complex than envisioned.

Any updates from our guys on the ground?

Besixdouze
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posted 01-28-2013 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Besixdouze   Click Here to Email Besixdouze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was hoping for a handover to Steve which didn't involve using the Mail network but we've had some fairly severe weather 'oop North' and negotiating the snow and associated traffic hazards has proved troublesome. As a result, I'll be posting it out tomorrow. Just hope the flotation collars are still on-line and functioning as stormy conditions are on the horizon. Hopefully, should be with Steve by the end of the week.

Steve Procter
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posted 01-28-2013 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess when I didn't see or hear from you Mike that the current weather conditions would be the cause. Must have been pretty bad over your way last week. Did you have to dig yourself out?

Frederic Janik
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posted 01-28-2013 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Frederic Janik   Click Here to Email Frederic Janik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I will be travelling a lot for work these coming months can I ask you to take my name off the list this time?

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-05-2013 05:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EGB landed here yesterday - no one available at docking port 22 but a neighbouring crew member at docking port 20 accepted the payload.

At the end of yesterdays duties I conducted an EVA to collect the box.

Sorting through it this evening before adding some bits and will hope to re-launch it before the end of the week.

Can the next recipient remind me of their address?

Steve Procter
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posted 02-07-2013 03:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can Mark who is the next on the list advise me of his address please?

prontouk
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posted 02-07-2013 04:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, spooky but just sent you address by email two minutes ago as been offline for couple of days.

Had to check all Scottish customs documents were filled in and that there will be no risk of collision with new Scottish satellite announced today. Wouldn't want it spirited off to Baikonur by mistake!!

Steve Procter
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posted 02-09-2013 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just catching up on a few things so have managed to have a rummage through the box and remove just a few odd items. (I see there are still a few bits I put in there a couple of rounds ago...)

Have put in some photos, patches, leaflets and a couple of signed bits and resealed the box.

Will re-launch the box to Mark in the coming week.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-14-2013 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EGB re-launched on a sub-orbital trajectory to Scotland at 1610 this afternoon.

Have a couple of scraps of cardboard that tore off the box whilst resealing. Thinking of mounting them on cards with the EGB V logo and offering them as 'Genuine EGB V flown artefacts'

prontouk
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posted 02-15-2013 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve,

I have contacted NASA informing them of the suspected flightpath. There is a danger that due to the ever increasing size of the EGB that it may be mistaken for the asteroid passing our planet tonight. I can just imagine the news reports now, as NASA switches to it's latest tracking camera to reveal some strange markings on the asteroid surface to reveal - our logo!!!!

Would be some good advertising though. Best wishes — Mark

prontouk
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posted 02-16-2013 04:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic.

We have a first time docking of EGB V in Scotland. Touchdown at 0950 GMT, and having successfully avoided my Hounds from Hell the package is now safely in quarantine awaiting clearance to access. Very strict laws in Scotland about things coming from south of the border!!!

What a lovely weekend this will be. Hopefully aiming to re-launch at beginning of week for short hop to Inverness. If Cameron (madaris) would be so kind as to email me address I'll ensure it's safe re-launch asap.

spaced out
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posted 02-16-2013 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any news on the mass of payload remaining?

As I've mentioned before I tried to keep it just under 3kg at launch in order to minimize the international postage cost.

Last I heard it had climbed over 4kg, so please try to reduce the weight as much as possible before the next international leg of its trip otherwise it's going to cost a fortune to mail.

rgarner
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posted 02-16-2013 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May I just say that 'Butch Wilks' sound like an awesome astronaut name... I think someone is missing an opportunity here.

prontouk
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posted 02-17-2013 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Payload update.

After Chris's request I managed to heave the box onto a set of scales. The weight is now standing at 3.5kg, the majority being due to a large amount of photographs. I'll do by best to reduce to the 3kg mark .

prontouk
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posted 02-20-2013 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Launch delayed.

EGB V is loaded, replenished and ready for lift off but computer guidance is still waiting for next destination.

I've emailed medaris (Cameron Stark) using email address on his profile but it is rejected by server. Does Chris have a correct address for him? If you're reading this Cameron, could you send me your address using my email in my profile.

Really don't want to launch to Europe without doing short leap to Inverness!!

medaris
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posted 02-20-2013 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for medaris   Click Here to Email medaris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apologies for the e-mail mix up - I'll correct it. I've e-mailed direct.

prontouk
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posted 02-25-2013 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for prontouk   Click Here to Email prontouk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Liftoff of EGB V from Paisley.

Eventually after fuelling delays and arctic conditions. EGB V launched successfully on it's short hop northwards to Inverness. Hopefully it should be with medaris in a couple of days.

Have tried to reduce payload a bit but have added some items as well. This meant launch weight was 3.2 kg.

God speed and thanks for the privilege in handling this historic item.

spaced out
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posted 02-25-2013 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The flight plan is now as follows:

  1. Spaced Out (Chris Spain), Le Pecq, France
  2. Apollo8 (Karl F. Gunther), Bundorf, Germany
  3. space-coins, Angelika Schacht, Gechingen, Germany
  4. Rocket Chris, Bremen, Germany
  5. Dietrich (Dietrich Haeseler), Grafelfing, Germany
  6. Jacques van Oene, Houten, Holland
  7. Kirsten Müller, Delft, Holland
  8. Ann, Antwerp, Belgium
  9. Eurospace (Jurgen P Esders), Brussels, Belgium
  10. Dirk (Dirk De Quick), Lierde, Belgium
  11. Butch Wilks, Lowestoft, UK
  12. Kevin T. Randall, High Wycombe, UK
  13. ApolloAlex (Alex Ward), Bromsgrove, UK
  14. Besixdouze (Mike Riches), Hebden Bridge, UK
  15. Steve Procter, Leeds, UK
  16. Mark Print, Paisley, UK
  17. medaris (Cameron Stark), Inverness UK
  18. ->martin00sr, (Martin Schwebs Rasmussen), Soenderborg, Denmark
  19. perssj, (Jan Persson), molndal, Sweden
  20. Daniel Lazeky, Havirov, Czech Republic
  21. GUZU (Pintea Mihaita), Baia Mare, Romania

medaris
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posted 02-27-2013 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for medaris   Click Here to Email medaris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The (large!) box arrived safely today - thanks for the contribution to the European postage - that was very kind.

I love the mission patch! I'll go through the box over the next day or two, and aim to get it back on track by the beginning of next week.

medaris
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posted 03-10-2013 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for medaris   Click Here to Email medaris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Grab Bag left for mainland Europe on Friday.


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