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Monitoring a HAB flight: OK1LPD-11

I spent a few hours online today monitoring a HAB flight in Czech Republic.

I ran a flight prediction on habhub.org, and then compared actual flight path vs predicted flight path by monitoring live APRS info on aprs.fi.

A few pictures and screen caps:

Monitoring setup at my tracking station.  Minimal setup/effort today as I was busy with other stuff in the background.20150606110222_

 

Flight Prediction:prediction updated

 

Actual Flight Path:flight path

 

Landing Zone, very close to the predicted landing area. Should be easy to recover!

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BinarySpace – First flight – Video

The guys from Binaryspace created a short flight video.  Great stuff guys!

Global Space Balloon Challenge: BinarySpace – Event Photos, 11 April 2015

Flight Preparations:

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Time to launch:

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Monitoring the balloon flight path as well as chase team positions:

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Balloon burst debris:

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The view from up there, over 32km altitude:

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Close to the landing spot:

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SecundaWeather – Monitoring & Tracking Station: monitoring actual fight path vs forecast flight path, weather and tracker messages.IMG_5154

Global Space Balloon Challenge 2015

High Altitude Balloons are becoming a global science activity for everyone to participate in.
From the GSBC website:

“The GSBC is the world’s largest high altitude ballooning event, where teams in various locations around the world launch simultaneously – last year 60 teams from 18 countries on 6 continents flew together. The fundamental goal of the GSBC is to build a community where everyone can learn from each other and build on each other’s accomplishments, with a focus on education and technological development. ”

BACAR balloon flights featured on RSG Sterre en Planete

RSG radio program Sterre en Planete reported on out balloon flights, you can download the podcast here: http://rsg.co.za/images/upload/sound/klanke/20141005_STERRE_EN_PLANETE.mp3

Flight Path Forecast

The latest flight path forecast:

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Make a contribution to important science projects

Everyone, yes, you too!, can make a contribution to important global science projects by contributing your unused PC CPU time to solve science problems. You can install BOINC and decide which research projects you want to contribute processing power to!

You can get started here: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/

Flight Path Forecast

The current flight path forecast looks good, seems like we wouldn’t have to chase too far. Forecasts from Wednesday onwards should be quite accurate, so we’ll keep a close eye on it.

Meanwhile many preparations are taking place, like packing of equipment, final software tweaks, final payload assemblies and many other things that we have to do. More info & images to follow as we make progress!

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Systems testing & preparations for flight day

Yesterday’s testing session in conjunction with representatives from SANSA went extremely well.

A few photos of all the transmitters, receivers, laptops, antennas … and BACAR team members:

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Things to listen to…

There are many signals coming from satellites which we can listen to daily. Sites like heavens-above.com provide info on which satellites will be overhead and when. With a simple USB receiver (RTL2830 USB stick receivers, available for cheap on the net) and some free software, it is easy to decode much of what is transmitted from space.

Tonight’s schedule:
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