[Balloons] Getting started
kv0s.dave at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 18:38:34 CST 2011
I agree with you that APRS needs to be on the first flight. APRS solves
a couple of issues we must comply with. First FAA requires position
reporting a least every 2 hours and we must know the longitude, latitude
and altitude or whenever the FAA requests the information. We will need
a flight control with contact information fro FAA. Second is can be one
of the equipment recovery location sources. However once on the ground
the signal can be lost.
A second factor to think about is all items on the Balloon must total
about 2.5 lbs. That is radios, GPS, batteries, radar reflector, box,
parachute. This is of a 5-6 foot balloon. The 3 foot balloons list
less that one lb.
On Thu, 2011-03-03 at 17:30 -0600, Don Moore wrote:
> Hi Dave and group,
> Even though I didn’t officially volunteer for the committee, I’d like
> to be involved in the effort. I was thinking it would it be
> appropriate to start off by defining the capabilities of the first
> launch package. Once the capabilities are defined, those can be
> broken out as subsystems of the package and further developed. Once
> these are identified, I’d be glad to help design some of the necessary
> To kick off the capabilities discussion, I’d like to see APRS on our
> first payload package. The question is… one tracker or two on
> separate frequencies.
> Also, here is a link you can send folks who might be interested so
> they can sign up for this list.
> Don – KM0R
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