Flight #38 - 2019d

Demonstrating science for the McPherson 5th graders.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight Parameters

 

Launch Date/Time

Saturday June 15th at 8:30am (13:30Z).  

 
Alternative Date n/a  
Launch Site Pella Christian High School in Pella, IA (41.3936N, -92.8897W)  

Capsule 1 (Track)

144.39MHz

Tracker: ptFlex with DRA818V 500mW transmitter signing W0ZC-11.

Sensor

Beaconing: Timeslot

  • 31 seconds past the top of the minute.
  • Path is disabled above 2,000m MSL.

Camera:  Dash-cam camera pointed up.

0.8kg

Capsule 2 (Track)

(WARC-Club Designed)

144.34MHz 

Tracker: ptFlex with DRA818V 500mW transmitter signing W0ZC-12.

Sensor

Beaconing: Timeslot

  • 16 and 46 second pase the top of the minute.
  • Path is disabled above 2,000m MSL.
0.1kg
Recovery / Misc
Parachute and misc rigging.  
Total Flight Weight Total neck weight on the balloon. 3.0kg
Balloon / Gas

3000g Kaymont (requires 300cuft of Hydrogen)

 
Estimated Burst Altitude 35,400m MSL (113,200')  
Estimated Ascent Rate 6.0 m/s (1,200'/min)  
Estimated Descent Rate 5.5 m/s (1,080'/min)  
Chase Frequencies 446.100MHz  
NOTAM Filed    

 

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Flight Results

 

Launch Date/Time Saturday June 15th at 8:14am (13:14Z).
Launch Site Pella Christian High School in Pella, IA (41.39N, -92.89) 
Burst Altitude 37,075m (121,636')
Average Ascent Rate 5.82m/s (1,141ft/min) 
Measured Descent Rate 5.86m/s (1,154ft/min)
Touchdown Site 41.51N, -92.81W
Touchdown Time Saturday June 15th at 10:47am (15:47Z).
Recovery Time Saturday June 15th at 12:00pm (17:00Z).
Distance Traveled 14.6km (9mi)
Total Flight Time 2:32
Downloads Flight Path (KML), Analysis Spreadsheet, Winds Aloft Forecast, W0ZC-11 Log, W0ZC-12 Log

 

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Photo Highlights

 

 

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Tracking Predictions

14 June 2019

 

 

 Flight prediction for June 14th.

 

13 June 2019

 

Flight prediction for June 13th.

 

12 June 2019

 

Flight prediction for June 12th.

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