[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Satire

Rick Tejera saguaroastro at cox.net
Wed Nov 30 07:28:27 PST 2011


There are at least two groups that  know of that launch High altitude
balloons with amateur payloads. I just joined one: Arizona Near Space
Research. http://www.ansr.org/ 

The other s in Colorado, not sure of the organization's name though.

The balloons typically reach 90-100K feet in altitude and carry a Crossband
repeater and several other payloads, including APRS Digipeaters & SSTV. The
footprint is about 300 Miles at burst altitude. 

I made several contacts during ANSR-65 a few weeks back. 

Hopefully time will allow me to participate in the next launch.  

Clear Skies

Rick Tejera
Saguaro Astronomy Club
Phoenix, Arizona
saguaroastro at cox.net 
K7TEJ, AMSAT 38452

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Gordon JC Pearce
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 4:41
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Satellite Satire

On 30/11/11 01:46, Andy Kellner wrote:
> Hmm, unlikely I would say:
> A typical WX ballon goes up to about 30 km, maybe 50 km if you get a high
performance one.

You know, from 50km up you can see a fair chunk of the earth.  While it 
might not be as cool as flying a satellite, a balloon-lofted repeater 
could be quite good fun.  What next, though?  Well, maybe a UAV-lofted 
repeater.  I wonder how well a combination of a balloon for the heavy 
lifting with a UAV-based payload for station-keeping would work?

Gordon JC Pearce MM0YEQ

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