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Metro State University Aerospace Science Flights, EOSS-222 & 223

We are watching the weather closely, hoping for a May 7 launch. Watch this site for updates.

Flight predictions and weather (WX) observations can be linked from this website. When we can, the launch will be from the Wiggins Rest Stop at 0700. The intent is to launch the two balloons 30 seconds apart. The daily flight path predictions are posted at this website. By clicking on the "GIF" link for the Wiggins launch site, a map of the predicted flight path is available. This will change daily as the NWS models refine the wind pattern predictions. From Wednesday onward, the predictions are quite accurate. All sorts of flight and weather related links are posted here. Cloud cover at all levels must be less than 50% to fly. If not, we will have to move to another launch site, or delay the launch. Sunday May 1st has been identified as the alternate launch day.

See the payload plans posted below for each of the balloons.

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Two 3000g balloons carrying payloads for Metro State University Intro to Space classes.

Flight Coordinator: 
Jim KCØRPS
Event Date: 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 (All day)
Alt Launch Date: 
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Launch Site: 
Flights: 

EOSS-222

This balloon carries:

  • 5 Metro State Introduction to Space BalloonSats
  • 1 "OakSat" payload

Balloon-specific Frequencies:

  • Caravan Leader APRS ID - KCØRPS-6
  • Caravan Ham Frequency - 446.275 MHz Simplex
  • FRS Channel - 2, CTCSS 2
  • Field Operations Frequency - 446.100 MHz Simple
  • For computer and smartphone tracking of the balloon, see:

 

Balloon Type: 
Totex 3000g Latex
Parachute: 
10 ft circumference Sphereachute
Beacons: 
FrequencyCallsignTypeNotes
147.420 MHzKØSCC-11APRS/Cutter/DF
144.340 MHzAEØSS-12APRS/Digi

EOSS-223

This balloon carries: 

Balloon-specific Frequencies:

  • Caravan Leader APRS ID - TBD
  • Caravan Ham Frequency - 446.275 MHz Simplex
  • FRS Channel 3, CTCSS 3
  • Field Operations Frequency: 446.150 Simplex
  • For computer and smartphone tracking of this balloon, see:

 

Balloon Type: 
Totex 3000g Latex
Parachute: 
8.5 ft circumference Sphereachute
Beacons: 
FrequencyCallsignTypeNotes
145.600 MHzKEØBMV-11APRS/Cutter/DF
144.340 MHzAEØSS-11APRS/Digipeater
144.390 MHzKEØFXH-1APRS beaconDenver School of the Arts, Amateur Radio Club
Grid: 
Rt71 and 14 (west) 70,40. Test: N40.700, W104.200 = 42.7, 46.2
FrequencyList: 

Preflight Net:

  • 147.225 MHz CRA Repeater (107.2 Hz Tone) 8 pm MDT preceding night
  • 146.940 MHz (103.5 HZ Tone) RMRL Repeater if the CRA machine is down
  • 146.640 MHz (100 Hz Tone) DRL will serve as a backup frequency

Recovery Operations:

  • 449.450 MHz RMRL (103.5 Hz Tone)
  • 448.225 MHz (141.3 Hz Tone) Testing… PL verified 7/2/14
  • 446.100 MHz Field Simplex Balloon 1 EOSS-222
  • 446.150 MHz Field Simplex Balloon 2 EOSS-223
  • 146.550 MHz Backup field simplex
  • 446.275 Car to Car drive out frequency

Launch Site Simplex: 146.550 MHz

 

Tactical Calls: 
TacticalCall SignNameNotes
AlphaT&R Coordinator
Bravo
Charlie
Delta
Echo
Foxtrot