A2 Aug 8th 2010

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LEAD Balloon Project

This was our official launch for the Hackerspaces in Space competition.

Contents

Launch Location

At 12:13:00 08/08/2010

Perkins Park, Akron, OH

Landing Location

Recovered at 2:44:45 08/08/2010

North East of Canton, OH

Balloon Track

Media:20100808-A2-KB3TAN-11.kmz‎

Weather Conditions

High of 84° partly cloudy with winds gusting at 10-15mph.

Equipment

Aerial

Balloon

KCI 1000 from Kaymont.

Enclosure

Scavenged Styrofoam cooler.

Parachute

3.6' orange ripstop nylon round parachute with eight 7' lines to the payload. 5" center vent with one 15' line to the balloon. Grommeted cord connection points.

Tracking

A home built controller based on the Micro-Trak 300 from Byonics. The radio module was a Radiometrix HX1-144.390-3. The GPS was a high altitude gps from Argent Data systems (https://www.argentdata.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=144).

Imaging

A damaged but mostly funtional Canon PowerShot SD300 using the CHDK firmware.

Electronics

None other than the camera and tracker.

Weight

Cost

A2 Parts and Prices

Ground

Tracking

Tracked over the APRS network.

Results

The balloon made it to 97497 ft!

APRS track on aprs.fi: http://aprs.fi/?call=kb3tan-11&dt=1281225600&mt=roadmap&z=11&timerange=3600

Images

From the Balloon

From Jon

From Mandy

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