Flight Recap of EOSS-19

note: This synopsis has been reconstructed using telemetry logs and my personal memory. Uh, oh. Any errors are mine and if discovered will be corrected.

Launch date: October 22, 1994
Launch time: 16:05 UTC
Launch site: University of Southern Colorado
                    Pueblo, Colorado  USA
Launch coordinates:  38'18.49 N
                               104'34.19 W
Touchdown time: 18:18 UTC +- 5 minutes
Touchdown site: @15 miles North East of Las Animas, Colorado USA
Touchdown coordinates:  38'09.60 N
                                      103'01.78 W
Touchdown bearing from launch: 97 degrees
Touchdown distance from launch: 85 Statute Miles
Burst Time: 17:30 UTC
Maximum Altitude: 88,000 feet

 Payload Systems:
    ATV - 426.250 MHz
    Beacon - 147.555 MHz
    Telemetry - 144.340 MHz
    Pressure Sensor used to determine altitude
    Temperature sensors (internal and external)
    LORAN-C position determining receiver
    Solar Cell

  Flight Highlights
The highlight of this flight had to be the involvement of the Students of Pitts Middle School. Marty Tressell (our Pueblo Liaison) put together the most impressive (to date) scholastic experimental flight.

On flight day there were many, many folks at the launch site. A count was never made buy I'm pretty sure that more than 100 folks were in attendance. Students were divided into teams that worked with the various EOSS groups in operation at the launch site. Each time consisted of 5 or more students. They acted as communicators at launch site keeping all teams appraised of the launch status. They assisted in the running of the ground station, tracking station at launch site and one group was roving the entire site putting together material for a story they would later write on the activity.

This flight also received a good splash in the media. We were on the front cover of the Pueblo "Chieftain", we made it onto the TV news. 

The student designed experiment was a solar cell measurement of the intensity of sunlight. As the payload rose above the heavy lower atmosphere, voltage from the sensor indicated increased energy reaching its surface.

FAA Liaison for the flight as well as technical assistance was performed by Mike Manes, W5VSI.

The balloon preparation team headed by Merle McCaslin, K0YUK, ran into no significant problems.

The fox hunters were up to their usual standards. Recovery of the payload was effected in a timely fashion.