Flight Announcement Page


LAUNCH DATE: December 1, 2001 (rain date: December 2, 2001)
LAUNCH TIME: 16:00 UTC, 09:00 MST
LAUNCH SITE: Deer Trail (see directions and map)


  • Preflight Net:
    • 147.225 MHz 8 pm MDT Friday November 30th, 2001
    • 146.640 MHz will serve as a backup frequency
  • HF Net during Flight
    • 7235 KHz starting at 14:30 UTC (8:30am MDT)
  • Cutdown Beacon:
    • 147.555 MHz
  • APRS/GPS Tracking Payload
    • 144.340 MHz
    • Digipeating is encouraged this flight. See the digipeater page for details.
  • Tracking and Recovery Operations
    • 449.450 MHz (103.5 Hz tone required) RMRL Repeater
    • 146.640 MHz DRL Repeater (backup)
    • 146.940 MHz RMRL (103.5 Hz tone helpful but not necessary) (2nd backup)
    • 146.580 MHz simplex (in field use, usually at recovery site)
  • Simplex at Launch Site
    • 146.550 MHz


  • Nine (9) BalloonSats (used to be called CubeSats) created by CU students. There is a weight limit of 411 grams per BalloonSat

Tracking Grid Coordinates:

  • Last Chance =(25,68)
  • Deer Trail, the square on I-70 or the exit, not the black dot town, is (1,60)
  • Vona, on I-70 near Flagler, is (70,38)
  • Lindon is (35,68)
  • Punkin Center is (19,7)



Chris Koehler has forwarded along the student experiment proposals for the 9 balloon sats.

  1. Astrogliders (atmospheric studies)
  2. Multi-spectral (infrared/visible) photographic instrument
  3. Acoustic Analysis at various altitudes in the atmosphere
  4. Cloud Nine Photo and Temperature payload
  5. Team Europa will analyze baro, temp and photograph during ascent
  6. Team Koronas will run a "rudimentary weather sounding" device with photographic capability
  7. Project MS Hilt will be recording humidity, light intensity, and internal and external temperature.
  8. Pygmies will correlate GPS altitude with BARO. Photographic components included as well
  9. Odyssey will measure radiation levels (Gamma and Beta rays) as well as light intensity up to 100,000 feet.