Thank you all for making this global high altitude balloon community a reality. The stories of the hundreds of teams from dozens of countries flying in the last five years have been truly inspirational and we love seeing teams help each other on the forum.
Unfortunately, changing circumstances mean that the organizing team is not going to be able to support recurring challenges anymore. We are considering ways to shift to a community focus instead of stopping all together, but before we make a dramatic shift we want to give all of you a chance to keep things going.
If a few new individuals are interested in creating a new leadership team, then we will work with them to continue coordinating challenges. Coordinating challenges at a basic level involves picking dates, managing the website, helping teams, contacting sponsors, and managing prizes and judging - though it can clearly be a lot more as well.
If this seems like something you'd like to do, please email us directly at spaceballoonchallenge AT gmail DOT com. Please tell us a bit about yourself, what you'd be interested in doing with the GSBC, and why you think you'd be a good fit for that role. Feel free to reach out as individuals or as a group. If we do transition, we will give you our full support and make sure you can leverage our knowledge and experience.
If you have any other thoughts on this you'd like to voice, please don't hesitate - as always, we'd love to hear what you think.
David Gerson and the rest of the organizing team