Viva Colombia - Design Expedition

January 18 2016

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A lightweight adventure with paraglider and minimal camping gear. One goal is to use recycled spinnaker fabric to design a bivy tent. This adventure is more than just a flying trip. It kicks off a huge transition in my life that I will touch on later. Stay tuned for an exciting time. When I return I will be starting a design exploration as a Pier 9 AiR at Autodesk in San Francisco. Read background
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January 18 2016

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Name: Michael Vergalla
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Debriefing Stage

6 Days of Flying back to back. Testing biometric sensor vest, and two sensors for pressure mapping of the wing. Jakob and I traveled the valley with our magical backpacks. I love Colombia.

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moon_goose 1 comment

That's awesome. Do you have a write-up of the biometric sensor vest anywhere?

Free Flight Lab Returns!
After serving on a NASA review panel I was able to get tickets ~450$ round trip to Colombia. Packing Gear!

Can't bring as much instrumentation as I hoped. Some of my atmospheric sensors are not complete. Very much my fault.

Have two new sensors from mbientLab for IMU and atmospheric data and will instrument myself for biometrics using Hexoskin.

I really hoped to have high quality humidity sensing to show cloud base digitally.

Very limited gear for a week of flying and camping

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Here are the track logs from each day. The goal was to make progress north on day 3 and 4.
Day 1 - Adventure with Austrians
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Day 2 - Flight South With Frenchies
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Day 3 - Jakob and Mike Adventure North Day 1 , Cloud Flight Rold-Anser
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Day 4 - Jakob and Mike Adventure North Day 2 , I ran out of map that I had looked at Anser - ? ;)
doarama.com/view/623871

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Mission Underway

Flying everyday. Carrying everything from launch to landing. Simple.
The kindest people I have ever met.
It's September 1st. this adventure resonates with me.
Being reborn from the cloud has set me on a new path.
Thank you cloud.

Prototype wrist mount has evolved and has nice stitching. I'm so happy I learned to sew as a kid. I finally have permission to cut the scrap spinnaker I recycled on the laser cutters at Pier 9. Time to make gear for exploration and research.

Excited to begin the SF Bay Area Free Flight Conservation Project
Using Free Flight to Protect Bay Area Natural Spaces

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Preparation Stage

This place is amazing. Flew north from roldanillo to just short of ansermaneuvo, got a ride to town to meet up with my flying partner, no water in town. Found a little motel, and explored the town by night. Our plans of camping were continually met with "no one does that". So we transitioned from vol biv to vol peso. Colombia is amazing, cost effective and the warmest, friendliest people, always wanting to say hi and offer a ride or help. It's incredible what can happen when you go to a place and really feel how great it is.. vs. Stereotypes and warnings from state department. A couple pieces of Fried chicken and some amazing people watching kept us entertained for hours. Teaching little kids tricks on their BMX bikes was a highlight. The next day we took off at an awesome launch at ansermaneuvo. I had a little knot in my top cascade so I had to top land and fix it. First time needing to do that, and my adrenaline was pumping.. afterwards I took off and flew the best flight of my life and landed some 40km (or more. I need to see the log when I get to a conputer) and landed in a cleared sugarcane field next to a beautiful river. We are carrying all clothes and gear so where we fly we can stay... really liberating. It was my flying partner Jakob's idea and it is incredibly rewarding. Made some design sketches for the tent concept.

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Viva colombia!!!! It's late
More later!!

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moon_goose 1 comment

Whoa! Excited to hear the story behind this one. And hopefully see the video!

Aircraft. Camping gear. Clothes. 8 days. Airport t-2 hours.

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Expedition Background

A lightweight adventure with paraglider and minimal camping gear. One goal is to use recycled spinnaker fabric to design a bivy tent. This adventure is more than just a flying trip. It kicks off a huge transition in my life that I will touch on later. Stay tuned for an exciting time. When I return I will be starting a design exploration as a Pier 9 AiR at Autodesk in San Francisco.

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moon_goose 1 comment

Wow! This sounds incredible. Excited to follow along!