In memory of Tim Sargent KD5DTW

[image: in memory] We were informed by Tim's wife Bronwyn that he passed away Sunday, February 2, 2003 after losing his battle with cancer.

This page was established the same day to remember our friend who influenced the formation of this team now known as Stratofox. Tim served as JP Aerospace's Tracking & Recovery Team leader in 2000 and 2001. During that time he made changes by challenging and convincing the volunteers to adopt higher goals than we had before. He set the standard we still use that recovery of a balloon within 4 hours of touchdown is the minimum to be considered a "good" recovery time. He encouraged recovery team members to get APRS equipment, which sped up the tracking tremendously.

Tim also encouraged bringing our Ham friends into the group. Or bring our friends in and help them get their Ham Radio licenses. That created a group of us in the South Bay Area, which was known as the JPA South Bay Team until late 2002, when it became known as Stratofox.

The only flight which occurred during Tim's term as the recovery team leader was JP Aerospace's Dark Sky Station 1 flight, which was delayed 7 times for weather and finally flown May 5, 2001. With the standards that Tim set, we found the station 3 hours and 45 minutes after touchdown. While that was "good" by Tim's terms, it was a record for JPA.

Tim didn't continue in the role of recovery team coordinator for the next mission, Dark Sky Station 2. But his methods and standard made a huge difference ever since. Records set in 2002 included...

It's far more enjoyable to recover the flight vehicle quickly, so these methods have also been good for team morale.

Tim remained on our South Bay team's mail list. He liked working with us and wanted to work with us again in the future. We regret that his health didn't allow for that to happen. This team is better because of how Tim challenged us.

The group photo on this page (visible only with graphical browsers, downloadable with any browser) shows Tim and the team he led in his moment of highest achievement during his time as our leader, when the team found the DSS1 landing site deep in the Nevada desert 80 miles away from where it was launched, meeting the 4-hour challenge he had made for all of us.

We'll miss you Tim.

Other web pages honoring Tim...

The South Texas Balloon Group's BLT-19 balloon launch was dedicated to Tim. Tim had been Payload Master for previous flights by the group. (Aug 23, 2003)

Tim was remembered on the web page about the CSXT SpaceShot 2004, the first amateur launch to space, in which Tim's vision for a dedicated tracking team was used by Stratofox to recover the spacecraft. (May 17-18, 2004)