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Squadron Near Space Balloon Flight Project!


Project Officers
2Lt. G. Brown - Team Leader
Capt. R. Tulloch - AEO

Capt. B. Gerber
 

Project Dates
• April 6, Balloon Project Planning Session

• October 6 - Launch Date of Solar/Helium Balloon.

WEATHER LINKS
FLIGHT TRACK FORECASTING

Project Objectives
• Successfully Launch Near Space Balloon to 100,000 feet with True Science payloads
• Foster Cadet & Senior Member Involvement
• Hands-on AE (Aerospace Education) & STEM Experiences
• Aircraft Design/Engineering
•Weather & Flight Planning (Launch & Recovery Parameters)
• Science -- Useful Payload Design, Data Acquisition & Interpretation
• Electronics Design & Construction
• Communications & Navigation (GPS, Transceivers, Telemetry, etc)
• Emergency Services (Alternate Radio Direction-Finding Recovery)
• Public Affairs Opportunities
• Media Coverage
• Membership Recruitment Opportunity
•
Corporate Relationship Building

Mission/Payloads Ideas
Live APRS\GPS Tracking (with Science Payload Telemetry); HD Video (with Live F\SSTV); Near craft Stabilization; Pressure Altitude Sensor; Temperature Sensor; Gamma Ray Detector; Photo Sensor; Wind speed/Direction; Flight Data Recorder; Back-up ELT Locator; Airborne Voice & Digital Repeater (ultimate “Highbird”); Central Battery System w\ Solar Power Augmentation; Radar Reflector; Record Altitude/Distance; Highest Model Rocket Launch; Highest Paper (or Styrofoam) Airplane Drop.

 

PHASE ONE LAUNCH COMPLETED  6OCT12 - STATISTICAL REVIEW

We successfully launched the Fox Valley Composite Squadron's Phase 1 Near
Space Balloon yesterday (06 OCT 2012) down at Kankakee Airport (3KK)! It
reached a maximum altitude of 63,862 feet and landed 233.72 Statute Miles
away in Toledo, Ohio.

Here's some photos of the launch...
 

http://www.foxcap.org/temp/FVCS-1/

- LIFTOFF TIME: 15:10:00z
- APEX TIME: 17:51:34z
- SPLASH TIME: 18:20:17z
- MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: 63,862' MSL
- TOTAL FLIGHT TIME: 03:10:17
- TOTAL FLIGHT DISTANCE: 232.72 Miles
- MAXIMUM GROUND SPEED: 138 MPH (~70-degrees) 31,495-35,427' MSL
- AVERAGE GROUND SPEED: 64.2 MPH
- ASCENT DISTANCE: ~197.35 Miles
- ASENT DURATION: 02:41:34
- ASCENT RATE (AVG): ~6.5 FPS
- DESCENT DISTANCE: ~35.37 Miles
- DESCENT TIME: 00:28:43
- DESCENT RATE (AVG): ~37.1 FPS

 

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Near Space Balloon Flight, shot with HD HERO cameras from GoPro from
 Kevin Macko on Vimeo.
The team that shot this video is a group of engineers/designers from San Francisco. This was their second balloon launch on 6/5/2010. Shot with 2 HD Hero cameras from GoPro. Launched from the California coast near Davenport, landed in Crows Landing 70 miles away. Peak altitude 80,000 feet. Acquired GPS, pressure, accelerometer, and temperature data with a Shadowbox (shadowboxlive.com
). The payload was tracked with a SPOT satellite personal tracker.


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