Project Horus High altitude balloon project


Horus 9 writeup (finally) complete + news

I've finally finished up the write-up for Horus 9, complete with an interactive map of all the contacts we logged during the flight. I should be getting QSL cards out the door 'real soon now'... ;)

As I've mentioned in previous blog posts, we're involved in putting together a launch for Chris Lansell in conjunction with Tony Wheeler of Lonely Planet - we're now ready to launch 2 great payloads! The plan is (was?) to launch over the weekend of the 13th-14th, but this is of course dependent on weather. Stay tuned, we may yet have a launch announcement in the next few days!

We've also been busy working on our chase systems - I've put together a new version of our offline mapping & tracking software, which now implements the awesome CUSF predictor in an offline environment. This means we'll now have predictions calculated in realtime in our chase cars - further reducing our dependence on an internet connection.

Our offline mapping

Scott (VK5TST) has been working on a framework to integrate all the various tools together into one utility using a plugin framework. This is something that will be a massive boon, especially in the more complex chase cars.

As a final note, I'd like to thank everybody who turned up to our talk at the AHARS buy and sell last Sunday, especially those of you who approached me after the event to pledge support and offer congratulations! :)

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The story behind Horus 8

Grant VK5GR has put together an excellent little documentary covering the launch of Horus 8 - this features both footage from the onboard camera, and footage he shot at the launch and landing sites. I'm sure you'll agree that this is a great little piece of film, and Grant assures us there's more to come yet! :)

Grant has put together a few videos for the project now, including a time lapse video of the stills from Horus 7, and the onboard footage from Horus 8. For more of his work, checkout his Vimeo page.

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