Balloon launch October 28, 2023 – 7am at Boerne Area Model Society (BAMS) at Joshua Springs Park in conjunction with the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. This event is weather dependent, strong winds, rain and thunderstorms are not friendly to balloons so it is subject to canceling.
The balloon will be transmitting on APRS with a callsign of N9EOD-11 and N9EOD-12.
Our near-space balloon reached 106,469ft. in altitude (20 miles)
The BRB APRS transmitter worked well, as did the SPOT Trace GPS satellite tracker. And I learned that the Insta360 Go2 camera can also be used successfully on these HAB activities (at least for 30 minutes):
The balloon slowly descended via parachute to a field in Nixon, Tx after the balloon burst at over 100,000 feet. The pay load box is suspended between trees requiring some effort to retrieve intact. The contents survived the journey to be used again on another flight.
The APRS information from the payload transmitter showed the landing place in Nixon, Tx after an approximate 3 1/2 hr flight.
The first launch was a “proof of concept” event to verify all the equipment and procedures worked as planned. Travis Few, N9EOD headed up the team to prepare, and launch the balloon. Many things had to be taken in account, airspace, Notice to Airmen filed, and weather along with a packing the telemetry equipment and cameras into a small lightweight Styrofoam box. It is not just take a balloon out and launch as we all soon found out.