The as-yet-unnamed Inland Empire Near Space Enthusiasts (IENSE) group has completed final preparations for the launch, tracking, and recovery of a high altitude balloon scheduled for launch Saturday morning from the Ritzville, WA area. Final launch preparations were discussed in a leadership meeting this past weekend.
Launch: Saturday, October 16, 0800-0830PDT, weather dependent (forecast is a go for launch)
Launch Site: Ritzville High School. Launch team on-site by 0730. Breakfast at Ritzville Perkins 0645PDT.
Flight profile: Wind predictions are to the East.
Projected LZ (landing zone) is 65-90 miles (LZ will be refined and identified on www.findu.com upon burst detection).
Projected altitude is 90k feet on a two hour flight.
Tracking callsign: Two APRS trackers: K7GPS-11 and KG5AO-8. (Tracking also available on www.aprs.fi)
Package: 1000g latex balloon with helium fill, 6' parachute for recovery after burst, capsule is 15"x12"x9" styrofoam container with two APRS trackers (KG5AO-8 and K7GPS-11), vertical SD color video camera with GPS overlay to record balloon expansion and burst), SD color video camera on diagonal alignment, and two SD Canon A470 cameras with CHDK-hack recording horizontal imagery every 10 seconds.
Tracker details: K7GPS-11 is a BigRedBee BeeLine 2M all-in-one APRS tracker. KG5AO-8 is a Yaesu Vertex 2M HT, Byonics TinyTrak3 controller, and Garmin E-Trex GPS. Both GPS devices are certified for flight above 60k ft.