Starting Student Space Hardware Programs II

A How To Workshop


June 12 - 14, 2003

Boulder, Colorado
Greetings from Boulder, Colorado,

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is looking forward to your arrival for the upcoming Starting Student Space Hardware Programs II Workshop on June 12-14, 2003.

Many of you are now beginning to think about what to bring to this workshop or may have some questions you would like to have answered. Please feel free to contact me directly at the number below or at the CSGC main phone number 303-492-3141.

A couple of things about the workshop.

1. Dress is relaxed, remember this is a "hands-on" workshop. You may not want to get solder, glue or adhesive on your nice suit.

2. Recommended but not at all required is a laptop. If you have one, please bring it. Both days during the construction of payloads, each team will be programming sensors via a laptop. The more we have the better. PC is preferred with serial port.

3. The balloon launch on Saturday will be in rural Colorado. I can tell you the launch site is nice (pavement, running water, shelter) but the landing site can be very extreme. In all my landing expeditions and some have been expeditions, I have encountered many conditions ranging from sludge farms, denim ripping cactus plants, snow, mud, 3 foot tall native grasses, sand, get the picture. Your Saturday attire should include hiking boots or excellent walking shoes, PANTS, wind breaker or light jacket, hat, and sunscreen. As part of the conference, you will have drinks and food provided. The last landing site was 300 yards from the road but this is an exception, most landing sites are at least a mile hike in conditions described above. Please plan and pack accordingly. Please note all recovery expeditions are a lot fun. You will thoroughly enjoy it.

4. There have been several changes to the agenda since the last one posted on the website. Please take a look.  The workshop will start at 8:00 on Thursday, breakfast is at 7:30. If you are planning on flying into Denver that morning, you will miss some of the introductions. I highly recommend you arrive the night before. Enclosed in this email is the latest and greatest but probably not the last agenda.

5. Boulder Outlook (formally Ramada Inn): If you are staying at the Boulder Outlook, you are a short walk (1/2 mile) to the meeting location. Currently, we plan to have escorts waiting in the lobby at 7:00 AM (if you want breakfast), 7:30 AM (if you want to eat what's left) to escort you to the meeting location. They will be waiting for you in the  lobby. If you come after 7:30 you will have to use this map.

6. Parking:  The parking on campus will be non-existent.  The reasons for this are...the main parking garage will be closed and there will be a student orientation starting that morning.  There are paid parking lots but cost $1.00 per hour.  It would be easiest if you walk over in the morning.  If you have a special need for parking let me know as soon as possible.  Note, you will still have about a 7 minute walk from the parking lot to the meeting location.

7. My personal cell phone number is 303-378-4765 and will be on the night before the conference and during the morning of the June 12 for any questions or help.  Please don't hesitate to call.

8. There will a welcome packet at the hotel registration desk.  Please ask for it if you don't receive one. 

9.  You will need to pick up your registration materials on the morning of the June 12.  Registration and breakfast will start at 7:30 AM.  If you leave the hotel with the first group at 7:00, you should have plenty of time to eat and get signed in.

See you soon.

Chris Koehler

303-492-4750 (work)   303-378-4765 (cell)  303-423-5736 (home)

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