[amsat-florida] Re: KSC Balloon Launch Friday

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Thu Jul 16 07:22:27 PDT 2009


Here's the predicted flight path based as of this morning's GFS model runs.  
The balloon drifts a little bit NE but is almost back overhead at the release 
point 60 minutes after launch then drifts West towards Christmas.

Launch:
    * Call: KG4HWC
    * Launch: 13:30:00
    * On: 2009-07-17
    * Lat: 28.5241
    * Lon: -80.6828
    * Base Elev: 10 ft.
    * Using GFS from TTS*
    * Ascent: 1000 ft/m
    * Max Altitude: 100000 feet
    * Descending: 1200 ft/m

Burst:
    * At: 28.55654, -80.95946
    * Max Alt.: 99692 feet
    * Radio Horizon: 388 miles
    * Flight Time T+: 100 minutes.
    * Down Range: 17 miles.

Touchdown:
    * At: 28.5801, -80.9747
    * Total Time T+: 134 minutes.
    * Bearing: 282.4 deg
    * Down Range: 18 miles.


Lee-KU4OS

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lee McLamb" <ku4os at cfl.rr.com>
> To: <amsat-florida at amsat.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:38 AM
> Subject: [amsat-florida] KSC Balloon Launch Friday
>
> >A student high altitude balloon launch from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is
> > scheduled to fly with an new amateur radio communications payload on 17
> > July
> > 2009.  Release is planned to occur at 1330 UTC.  The new payload features
> > S-
> > Band and 2m downlinks developed by AMSAT volunteers working together with
> > educators from the Florida Space Grant Consortium and Florida Space
> > Institute.
> >
> > The 2m downlink will be transmitting APRS formatted position and
> > telemetry data. The S-band downlink will be transmitting FM video from an
> > onboard camera.  In addition the audio channel of the S-band downlink
> > will have the
> > same AFSK being sent on 2m.
> >
> > As the balloon rises at 1000 feet per minute, eventually approaching an
> > altitude near 100,000 feet, most of the State of Florida will be within
> > the
> > footprint and the anticipated views from the edge of space are expected
> > to be
> > spectacular.  It is also expected that most stations within the
> > footprint, especially those with modest gain antennas, will be able to
> > copy the 2m downlink fairly easily.
> >
> > The downlink details are as follows:
> >
> > 2m:  144.990 MHz, 300 mW, 1200 baud AFSK/APRS/Telemetry
> > 12cm:  2413 MHz, 1w, FM NTSC video, 1200 baud AFSK audio
> >
> > The launch site is located at 28 31.45N, 80 40.97W
> >
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > :ee-KU4OS
> >
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