Flight #34 - 2018b

The recovery teams closing in on the package near Stafford.

Flight 2018b's purpose will be to test the final design of the new ArduinoTrack Flex controllers.  The PCB Revision 1 has two successful flights on it, and Revision 2 is currently under construction.  The launch location will be from the parking lot of the Hutchinson Regional Airport. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight Parameters

 

Launch Date/Time Saturday July 7th, 2018 at 8:00am (13:00Z).  Plan on meeting at 7:15am to prepare.  
Alternative Date n/a  
Launch Site Hutchinson Regional Airport (38.064N, -97.866W)  

Capsule 1 (Track)

144.39MHz

ArduinoTrack with Radio Shack HTX-200 HT transmitter transmitter and Ublox M8Q GPS, signing W0ZC-11.

Beaconing is altitude-based delay:
20 second delays below 4,000m, 30 second delays above 25,000m.  Otherwise 45 second delays.

 Path is disabled above 2,000m MSL.

Canon A570IS camera running CHDK and GoPro camera pointed up.

0.88kg

Capsule 2 (Track)

144.39MHz

ArduinoTrack (Combined) with RadioMetrix 300mW transmitter and Ublox M8Q GPS, signing W0ZC-12.

Beaconing is simple time delay:
55 second delays through entire flight.

Path is disabled above 2,000m MSL.

1.04kg

Capsule 3 (Track)

144.34MHz

ArduinoTrack Flex with DRA818V 700mW transmitter and Ublox M8Q GPS, signing W0ZC-13.

Beaconing is simple time delay:
15 second delays through entire flight.

Path is disabled above 2,000m MSL.

0.22kg
Recovery / Misc
Parachute and misc rigging. 0.30kg
Total Flight Weight Total neck weight on the balloon. 2.44kg
Balloon / Gas 1200g Kaymont with 5.4cu meters (190cu ft) Helium. Neck lift (4.3kg) / Net lift (2.1kg)  
Estimated Burst Altitude 29,939m MSL (98,225')  
Estimated Ascent Rate 6.1 m/s (1200'/min)  
Estimated Descent Rate 6.6 m/s (1300'/min)  
Chase Frequencies 446.100MHz  

 

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Flight Results

Launch Date/Time Saturday July 7th, 2018 at 8:03am (13:03Z)
Launch Site Hutchinson Regional Airport (38.064N, -97.866W)
Burst Altitude 30,933 m MSL (101,488')
Average Ascent Rate 3.11m/s (613 ft/min)
Measured Descent Rate 5.38m/s (1060 ft/min)
Touchdown Site 4.8km (3 miles) north of Stafford, KS (38.000N, -98.614W) 
Touchdown Time Saturday July 7th, 2018 at 11:34am (16:34Z)
Recovery Time Saturday July 7th, 2018 at 11:42am (16:42Z)
Distance Traveled 65km (40 miles) west-southwest
Total Flight Time 3 hours 30 minutes 
Downloads W0ZC-11 Log, Flight Path (KML), Winds Aloft Forecast

 

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Tracking Predictions

6 July 2018

Heading west-southwest, along highway US-50.

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5 July 2018

The track is turning more west-southwest, closer to Sylvia.

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1 July 2018

Similar track from a few days ago, but slightly closer in.

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28 June 2018

Departing Hutch and heading southwest towards Pratt.

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Photo Highlights

 

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