NMarkis wrote:I believe, Todd, we can build one like you said in the form of a rocket body for testing, and the such.
Now, if we'll keep it that way, is dependent on future payloads.
Thanks for the suggestion.
No problem. I think the main reason space capsules were shaped that way was to reduce reentry speed.
Check this video out I ran across yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mooIW92f9hA. It looks like she is using a postal mailing tube. I like the rocket body idea better though. What about putting spring loaded fins on the side? Make them small so they could be pinned back against the sides and rig something to release them after the balloon bursts? Keeping them flat on the way up wouldn't spin the capsule going up (ruining any video you tried to make) but deploying them on the way down would give you a tight spiral (reducing drift).