This balloon robot is autonomous, but barely. It's autonomous capability is “Stay up in the air.” Beyond that real-time critical job, it's basically a remote controlled spacecraft, with a large number of action sequences and settings that you can trigger or change via satellite uplink command. This was purposely done due to the need to provide human reaction to unknown conditions and situations that may come up, and to keep the onboard software simple.
Remote Mission Controllers jobs will be to monitor the latest telemetry, the clock, the mission schedule, and send commands to the balloon and communicate with Air Traffic Control towers. There will often be more than one controller online, and each will split up the controlling duties. If there is an emergency or critical flight event, you will telephone a primary White Star Decision Team for immediate guidance, 24 hours a day.
Thanks for helping us fly the SpeedBall flights. Your role as a remote mission controller is extremely important, however it is a role that we will define together - as all volunteers we don't have the resources to make a big training program for you, so we will be doing repeated mission simulations to for you and us figure out how to do things together.