Balloon Release

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The Balloon Release refers to the exact moment when a balloon and it's attached payload are released into the atmosphere. Most often, multiple team members (usually those who worked on the payload in question) hold the payload or flight string simultaneously, releasing it on a count.

It is customary and traditional to yell "SO SAY WE ALL" at the release of a balloon, a reference to the popular Sci-Fi TV-Show Battlestar Galactica -- a release tradition initiated by Kirill Safin in the 2014-2015 academic year.