High Altitude Ballooning
Calgary and Area
"Poor Mans Space program"
This flight was GPS with a transmitter running around 10 mW, AM on 433mhz. The balloon was launched from inside Calgary. The balloon was predicted to fly south for 70+ km. Average speed was estimated around 80 KM/h. This was a test of a 100 gram balloon inflated with H2 gas. Rate of ascent around 3 m/s. Payload mass is 75 grams with a 4.5Volt battery pack (3xAAA alkine) This launch used around 8cubic feet of H2 (total) and the payload total weight was 75 grams. We used field-hell, RTTY for this flight. Both were readable for the flight, with errors. Overall it was a success, however alot of problems with getting ready. First my program to convert to APRS couldn't read my format (my mistake - i added a field), then my soundcard crashed. When we were ready to launch the GPS wouldn't start up, I have a feeling it didn't like the 6+ volts from the 2x cr123 batteries, so i switched to the backup tracker which was mounted to a 3xAAA holder and launched with 3 alkine batteries.
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2014-04-13 19:29Z $$VE6TS-HAB,20,192547.000,5102.0927,11402.5015,1062.1,,,-1024,1 05,*4D 2014-04-13 19:34Z $$VE6TS-HAB,29,19435.000,5101.1336,11402.5108,1919.3,,,-64,1 11,*4B (invalid) 2014-04-13 19:39Z $$VE6TS-HAB,37,193915.000,5100.2339,11401.7217,2601.3,,,,64,1 10 2014-04-13 19:41Z (2 minutes and 20 seconds apart) $$VE6TS-HAB,41,194135.000,5059.7740,11400.3310,,1 11,*4B 2014-04-13 19:46Z $$VE6TS-HAB,50,194135.000,5057.0056,11358.5990,4190.3,,,-64,1 11,*43 2014-04-13 19:52Z (10 minutes and 52 seconds apart 807.7meters = 1.2meters/s) $$VE6TS-HAB,60,195227.000,5053.2492,11357.2508,4998.0,,,*48 2014-04-13 19:57Z (3 minutes and 50 seconds apart 712.7meters = 3 meters/s) $$VE6TS-HAB,67,195617.000,5049.7940,11356.1194,5710.7,,,-800pd1 11,*47 2014-04-13 1401 $$VE6TS-HAB,70,195617.000,5044.2683,11355.5248,6330.9,,,-800pd1 11,*47 (from hell) 2014-04-13 20:06Z alt 7707.1 2.58meters/s from house to line 67 (30 minutes)