Project: Traveler is a high altitude balloon research project of Custom Digital Services, LLC. Based in Hutchinson, KS, Project: Traveler has been flying and chasing balloons all over the midwest since 2001.
From the beginning, education has driving factor behind the Project: Traveler group, working with elementary schools and hosting the Great Plains Super Launch and symposium in 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2014. With our extensive set of hardware, software, and tracking equipment, coupled with over ten years of experience, Custom Digital Services and Project: Traveler can help bring space into your classroom.
The ptFlex flight controller is the second generation of ATmega-based flight controller from Project: Traveler. Like the first-generation ArduinoTrack, the ptFlex is a stand-alone APRS beaconing system developed for high altitude ballooning in near-space.
The Great Plains Super Launch is being held in Pella, IA this year. The 2019d flight will be a joint venture between Project: Traveler, NearSys from Idaho, and the WB8ELK Group from Alabama. The mission payloads for this flight will be minimal, mostly just tests of the new ptFlex flight controllers.
The Flight 2019b will be held for an Elementary School in McPherson, KS. Before the launch, students be be developing their own experimental payload, observing the effects of temperature and air pressure on matter. They used two kiwi fruit and a marshmallow to test with. Additionally they will get classroom exposure to the concept of near-space travel, including demonstrations in a vacuum chamber.
The WARC club out of Wichita also flew their tracker system, and Dylan Helms few his tracker as well.
The third flight of the year will be a secondary payload to a WSU/Newton Middle School launch. The middle school class will be involved in the chase and recovery, and one of their objectives will be to plan out the flight path with the objective of being in position to see the flight string land.