Project Horus High altitude balloon project


Pico Launch October 16th, 2011

Unfortunately, predictions for a 35km altitude launch on Sunday would have us landing within the Adelaide metropolitan area (not a good idea!), so we've scrubbed the 4-balloon launch.

Instead we'll be trying a pico launch, with an expected maximum altitude of 20km. The new MicroNut boards allow the creation of these tiny payloads, weighing in at just under 50 grams. The decrease in weight comes at a cost - less insulation. We aim to find out how the MicroNut boards cope with the extremely low temperatures around the tropopause - about -50 degrees C.

We expect to be launching around 10AM CDT on Sunday morning. Any and all help with tracking would be greatly appreciated!

Update: We will be using a 434.075MHzВ telemetry transmitter. Be aware that the frequency will drift quite significantly due to the low temperatures.

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