Members of Inmar IT Team to Participate in Global Balloon Launch

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Inmar announces that members of its IT team will participate in the 2015 Global Space Balloon Challenge.

(REVISED) Inmar, a company that operates intelligent commerce networks, today announced that members of its IT team will participate in the 2015 Global Space Balloon Challenge. They will join other members of the Python Piedmont Triad User Group to launch the high altitude balloon they have spent months developing.

Team “Near Space Circus” will launch its balloon (NSC01) at sunrise on Tuesday, April 21, from either a vineyard west of Winston-Salem, or from Pilot Mountain, depending on weather and upper atmospheric winds. More than 200 teams from across the globe are expected to participate this year.

Their balloon’s technical payload pays homage to the first NASA balloon flights in 1969 designed to take large area photographs of the earth from a very high altitude. Weighing about four pounds, the payload includes a networked cluster of seven Raspberry Pi computers and eight cameras, which will be a first in High Altitude Ballooning. It also is equipped with sensors, transmitters and other tech gear. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will publish the details of the project on social media.

Inmar application developer, Francois Dion, and technical architect, Jeff Clouse, have spent hundreds of hours working with other members of the Triad’s Python User Group, including High Point University faculty and students, designing and building the systems and network that will record data and images throughout flight. The team’s custom design enables a panoramic view and promotes high stability during flight.

“Our design is unique in a number of ways,” says Francois. “Interestingly, we are using some of the very latest technology, as well as some that is 100 years old.” He adds that “There is potential for failure, but that is what experimentation is about.”

More information about the event can be found at http://balloonchallenge.org/. Learn more about the Team Near Space Circus entry at https://balloonchallenge.org/teams/159. Read blogs at http://www.3dfuturetech.info/2015/04/rocket-man-and-near-space-circus.html and http://www.3dfuturetech.info/2015/04/learn-from-past-103-years-old.html

ABOUT INMAR

Inmar is a technology company that operates intelligent commerce networks. Our platforms connect offline and online transactions in real time for leading retailers, manufacturers and trading partners across multiple industries who rely on Inmar to securely manage billions of dollars in transactions. Our Promotions, Supply Chain and Healthcare platforms enable commerce, generate meaningful data and offer growth-minded leaders actionable analytics and execution with real-time visibility. Founded in 1980, Inmar is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with locations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

For more information about Inmar’s products and services, please call 866.440.6917 or visit http://www.inmar.com.

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