This will be Project: Traveler's entry into the 2004 Great Plains Super Launch in Hutchinson, Kansas. This flight will conclude the testing of the new, time-slotted firmware, as well as Jon Riley's (AJ0NR) high-alitude capsule.
|Launch Date/Time||Saturday, 3 July 2004 at 8:00am|
|Alternative Date||Sunday, 4 July 2004 at 8:00am|
|Launch Site||Sunflower Aerodrome (37° 55.58'N, 97° 54.37'W) near Hutchinson, KS|
|Primary Transmitter / Antenna||VX-1R HT running APRS on 144.34MHz / Vertically polarized dipole|
|Backup Transmitter / Antenna||Radio Shack HT running APRS on 144.39MHz / Vertically polarized dipole|
|Balloon / Gas||Kaysam 1200gram / 220 cu feet of Helium|
|Estimated Burst Altitude||95,000' MSL|
|Estimated Ascent Rate||1000' per minute|
|Estimated Descent Rate||Approx. 1100' per minute at touchdown|
|Capsule(s) weight||5lb 3oz including parachute, rigging, batteries, etc...|
|Chase Frequencies||146.49MHz, 7.2535MHz|
|Balloon Finder Telemetry Mode||PT Mode 2|
The Great Plains Super Launch was awesome this year with a total of six balloons lifting off all at the same time.
|Launch Date/Time||Saturday, 3 July at 8:57am|
|Launch Site||McPherson Airport (38° 21.146'N, 97° 41.479'W) in McPherson, KS|
|Burst Altitude||About 94,467ft (28,794m) MSL|
|Average Ascent Rate||1159ft/min (5.89m/s)|
|Measured Descent Rate||1257ft/min (6.39m/s)|
|Touchdown Site||1 mile east of Newton, KS (38° 1.7085'N, 96° 18.2869'W)|
|Touchdown Time||Saturday, 3 July 2004 at 10:56am|
|Recovery Time||Saturday 3 July 2004 at 11:10am|
|Distance Traveled||78 miles (126km) as the crow flies|
|Total Flight Time||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Downloads||Lat/Lon File, Log File, Flight Analysis|
- We flew two Lithium-Ion packs - one for the camcorder and one for the backup beacon. Both packs worked perfectly.
- We had a downward facing camcorder, however some water got on the plexiglass shield after the capsule was set down in some dewy grass.