The GoPro camera took a photo every 5 seconds and recorded video the entire duration of the flight. The video will be made available at a later date when I get time to do some editing. Aerial Photos -Rog
Very consistent track predictions all week. Track length is just over 100 miles southeast, with a landing south of Pawnee City, NE. Should be a cool day for a drive with highs in the low 60's. Cloud cover should be much less than predicted earlier this week.
There has been little change in the track prediction and the weather for Saturday's flight. It should be a cool morning, mostly cloudy, northwest wind around 10 mph, and temperature in the 40's with a slight chance of rain at launch time.
110 mile track to northeast Kansas
Brad and Allen from ARAN stopped by last night to drop off the APRS Pi-gate they built for use during Saturday's flight so I could run it through a few tests. Worked like a champ.
I've been a little scatter-brained with last minute preparations for the upcoming flight, but thought I should share a few details as I've had some folks inquiring.
The Central Nebraska Near Space Program along with Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio will be launching two weather balloons Saturday, 14-May-2016 on behalf of the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora, NE. Launch Time: 9:15 - 9:30 AM CDT Location: East side of Edgerton Explorit Center Google Map Link of location
What kind of equipment will be in the payload containers?
(2) APRS trackers consisting of GPS, microprocessor, amateur radio transmitters operating on 144.390 MHz and 144.360 MHz
(2) GoPro cameras for in-flight recording of photos and video
(1) CW - Morse Code Beacon transmitting "KC0MWM Balloon" about once a minute on 146.565 MHz
(1) SSTV - Slow Scan Television transmitter on the Martin 1 mode at 443.450 MHz
In flight monitoring of temperature, relative humidity, and atmospheric pressure data will also be available on one of the APRS signals.
The balloons can be tracked online at the aprs.fi website using the following link once the balloons are airborne
The Hastings, NE amateur radio club ARAN (Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska) has completed assembly and testing of their Slow Scan Television or SSTV payload. SSTV is a method of sending still images using a narrow bandwidth. A single image will take about two minutes to transmit. The payload will be sending in-flight images to a ground station every four minutes, using the Martin 1 SSTV mode on 443.500 MHz.
SSTV payload during development. Raspberry Pi, Pi Camera, and HobbyPCB RS-UV3 Radio Shield.
Below are a couple of test images sent
Thanks Brad KD0JCP, Allen KB0ASQ, and any others that helped to design and build this payload as well as the APRS Igates that will be used the day of the launch.