Category Archives: HAB

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

 

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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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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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Science/payload ideas for future balloon flights

I would like to invite anyone to provide some ideas of what we should be measuring on our next planned balloon flights. We would like to spend our energy & efforts on something that will provide valuable information to the science community.

If you think you have an idea that we should consider, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

New project is happening!

Our second HAB project is happening!  We are slowly getting our thoughts in a row,  we have some very ambitious goals but I am sure that we will be successful.

Flight date is set for October 4, coinciding with World Space Week, as well as the launch date anniversary of Sputnik-1 (“спутник-1″) in 1957.

Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks and months.