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The rise of the Skywhale

By johnboy 11 May 2013 27

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We’ve had some photos in from this morning’s flight of the Skywhale over Canberra.

Hannah sent in the above with this:

The Skywhale launch this morning was really great. People were whooping and clapping as it took off, and Robyn Archer got us to “hip hip horray” it.

And Deref sent in a bunch:

crowd

Here’s the full slideshow:

Got some you’d like to add? Send them in to images@the-riotact.com .


UPDATE: We’ve had further photos in from Gentoopenguin and In The Taratory. Tara also sent vid:

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GardeningGirl 8:22 pm 18 May 13

NickD said :

GardeningGirl said :

Except for the website saying “The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon”. When might they decide and update the online info? It didn’t end up tethered when it was supposed to be on display at the gallery until midday last weekend so I’d guess they won’t hurry to bring it back to tie it up again until only 9am. Or will they just fly it to some suitable location near Questacon and tie it up where it lands? Or will it be tethered 7-9am and then do the short flight after 9am? I know I’m not the only one whose monitored the website and turned up somewhere and wandered around looking for somebody official looking who might know something. I UNDERSTAND its weather dependent yadda yadda but its like that excuse excuses them from even trying because WHATEVER happens they can just point at the weather.

I went Skywhale hunting this morning, and found that the Canberra 100 website and Twitter feed were really helpful – they were updated very regularly and gave precise details. There was no way that they could safely fly from the original site outside Questacon given the fog over the area, and the shift to Holder was well advertised. Hundreds of other people also successfully followed Skywhale around.

Wind direction as well, which is what I expected after checking BOM, but they apparently took the decision as late as possible. That works for people who can check the website after they’ve left home or live close enough that they can sit by their computer until the last minute. One thing they could do is include the earliest possible time in their updates. The only information we had when we would have to leave to be in the area by 7am was “if the flight does not go ahead Skywhale will be tethered near Questacon this morning. Time TBC.” Adding something like “launch will now not occur before 8am, next update in approx 15 min” would be soo useful for the rest of us. 🙁

So is tomorrows display reasonably for sure, given last Saturday’s advertised 9-12 display didn’t quite happen? The website says tethered 7-9 in the update at the top but still says possible short flight at the bottom.

NickD 3:43 pm 18 May 13

GardeningGirl said :

Except for the website saying “The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon”. When might they decide and update the online info? It didn’t end up tethered when it was supposed to be on display at the gallery until midday last weekend so I’d guess they won’t hurry to bring it back to tie it up again until only 9am. Or will they just fly it to some suitable location near Questacon and tie it up where it lands? Or will it be tethered 7-9am and then do the short flight after 9am? I know I’m not the only one whose monitored the website and turned up somewhere and wandered around looking for somebody official looking who might know something. I UNDERSTAND its weather dependent yadda yadda but its like that excuse excuses them from even trying because WHATEVER happens they can just point at the weather.

I went Skywhale hunting this morning, and found that the Canberra 100 website and Twitter feed were really helpful – they were updated very regularly and gave precise details. There was no way that they could safely fly from the original site outside Questacon given the fog over the area, and the shift to Holder was well advertised. Hundreds of other people also successfully followed Skywhale around.

GardeningGirl 2:48 pm 18 May 13

Jethro said :

GardeningGirl said :

Jethro said :

Masquara said :

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

Perhaps the ‘arts elites’ subscribe to the theory that most adults can use a computer.

Try the Centenary of Canberra website or Facebook page. Both have plenty of information, with the FB page being updated almost on an hourly basis.

Not everyone is heading to the site from the inner south clutching their latest model phone for updates.
Is it possible they could just have one 9-12 tethered flight sometime (as originally publicised for last Saturday) so people have a whole morning’s opportunity to go take a look at it in person it like they keep telling us they want us to do?

Well I live in the outer west and was able to go see it this morning after keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

It will be tethered tomorrow until 9am outside Questacon. If you are interested in seeing it there is nothing stopping you.

Except for the website saying “The Skywhale tethered and possible short flight from the lawns of Questacon”. When might they decide and update the online info? It didn’t end up tethered when it was supposed to be on display at the gallery until midday last weekend so I’d guess they won’t hurry to bring it back to tie it up again until only 9am. Or will they just fly it to some suitable location near Questacon and tie it up where it lands? Or will it be tethered 7-9am and then do the short flight after 9am? I know I’m not the only one whose monitored the website and turned up somewhere and wandered around looking for somebody official looking who might know something. I UNDERSTAND its weather dependent yadda yadda but its like that excuse excuses them from even trying because WHATEVER happens they can just point at the weather.

Jethro 12:52 pm 18 May 13

GardeningGirl said :

Jethro said :

Masquara said :

Watson said :

I cannot believe how hard it is to find out anything about when it will be on display again. .

You’re surprised that the arts elite is keeping it all to themselves?

Perhaps the ‘arts elites’ subscribe to the theory that most adults can use a computer.

Try the Centenary of Canberra website or Facebook page. Both have plenty of information, with the FB page being updated almost on an hourly basis.

Not everyone is heading to the site from the inner south clutching their latest model phone for updates.
Is it possible they could just have one 9-12 tethered flight sometime (as originally publicised for last Saturday) so people have a whole morning’s opportunity to go take a look at it in person it like they keep telling us they want us to do?

Well I live in the outer west and was able to go see it this morning after keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

It will be tethered tomorrow until 9am outside Questacon. If you are interested in seeing it there is nothing stopping you.

switch 11:32 am 18 May 13

Ben_Dover said :

Did it fly? I saw several baloons in the air on my way into work, but no skypigtittycarp.

Yeah, saw it over my place this morning. My life has be subtly changed in so many ways since.

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