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Project Space Balloon Launch

Project Space Balloon has a balloon launch planned for this Saturday the 6th July 2013 from Bendigo Victoria.

Hi all,

FYI, our project team is planning to release a high altitude balloon from Bendigo this coming Saturday 6th July 2013 at 11am.

We will have an onboard camera sending images back via SSDV (http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:ssdv), which is basically broken up JPEG with some extra headers.

RTTY will be used for radio transmission.

We do not expect to recover the balloon, and will appreciate any assistance with getting data from the payload along the path, in Victoria, Southern NSW, ACT, and Tas. See attached expected path.

All you need is a radio capable of receiving SSB at 434.650MHz, and a Mac/Windows/Linux computer with sound card input and access to the internet. High gain antenna is highly desirable.

See instructions here: http://projectspaceballoon.net/ssd/

The other details are:

– Frequency 434.650Mhz (+-10Khz), USB

– RTTY with 460Hz shift, 300 baud, 8 bit ASCII, no parity, one stop bit.

– Hardware is a Rev A Raspberry Pi, with a 25mW UHF transmitter module.

– Antenna is a quarter-wave with radials.

– Expected “cruising” altitude is 20km.

You will be able to see the images on your computer if you can receive the RF signal directly.

If internet access is available the images can be uploaded to the internet for others to view.

Tracking (from distributed listeners like yourselves) will be available at http://spacenear.us/tracker Images will be available at http://ssdv.habhub.org

The call sign for tracking and SSDV is PSBPI.

We plan to have someone in #highaltitude chatroom on irc.freenode.net on the day to co-ordinate.

Thanks in advance for your help.


Andy VK3YT

Project Horus

Update: Project Horus Launch 15/06/2013

This some screen shots put into a video showing PicoHorus-3 flight that was launched approx 1000 ACST the 15th June. This is from my point of view as a listening ground station based on the north side of the Adelaide CBD.

At approx 0800 ACST the 16th June PicoHorus-3 ran out of battery power and stopped broadcasting telemetry and now categories as unknown and lost, but if you happen to find its playload please contact the great people at Project Horus

Quick video showing the reception of Horus from my QTH

Project Horus Launch 15/06/2013

Email that came across letting know that there be a Balloon launch this weekend. Check Spacenear.Us in the morning (15/06/2013 1000hrs ACST) to get the frequency if you like to help with tracking.

Update 14/06/2013 18:44
Confirmed freq is 434.150MHz

Hi all,

This Saturday Mark is going to have another shot at a pico floater launch, though instead of a foil party balloon, he’ll be using a 100g latex balloon.

Launch will be at approx 10am local time.

Mark’s aiming for a <1m/s ascent rate, which should float it at 20km altitude. The float prediction has it floating to the south of Mildura, before continuing along the border towards Wagga Wagga, then on to Sydney. Much like Horus 16, but at about half the altitude.

We’re looking for listeners in both Mildura and Wagga Wagga – if anybody has contacts in these areas, please pass the message on.

The frequency and baud rate of the launch haven’t been decided yet, but the information will be on the http://spacenear.us/tracker/ page at the time of launch.

All the best,

Mark & the Project Horus team.

Project Horus

HORUS Balloon Repeater Flight Sun May 27th

The Project Horus team will be presenting a talk on the project at the WIA AGM to be held in Mildura over the weekend of May 25-27. The talk itself will be on the Saturday, however Sunday morning we are going to be flying the balloon repeater, APRS and telemetry payloads as well. This will give conference attendees the opportunity to see launch operations as well as the chase vehicle setups we use to run these flights.

As this flight will be launching from Mildura, it will also be the first time the balloon repeater is accessible from 5 states and 4 capital cities at the same time. The footprint will extend to cover VK1-Canberra, VK2-Sydney, VK3-Melbourne, VK5-Adelaide and the NW Coast of VK7. The window for contacts covering that footprint will only be ~30 minutes at apogee. In all, 2,000,000 sqkm of SE Australia will be able to see the balloon repeater as the footprint will extend to approximately a 1600km diameter.

Update Thursday 24 May 10:01:04 CST 2012:
The is going to be 2 HAB launches at the WIA AGM the first (Horus 26) will be at approx 8AM AEST which will have the radio repeater, the APRS tracker and the RTTY telemetry beacon on 70cm. The seconded launch (Horus 27) be approx an hour later at 9AM AEST and have video camera payload, as well as a second APRS tracker and RTTY 70cm beacon.

VK Logger