[FPSPACE] Fwd: [Launch Alert] High Altitude Balloon Flight Scheduled

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Apr 26 06:26:17 EDT 2012

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                             LAUNCH ALERT

                              Brian Webb
                     Ventura County, California
                  launch-alert-editor at earthlink.net

                               2012 April 25 (Wednesday) 20:28 PDT

     Reprinted with permission from Arizona Near Space Research

Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) is pleased to announce the flight
of ANSR-68. This high altitude balloon flight will take place on
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. The launch site will be the
University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center, near Maricopa, AZ
(33 deg 04.42 min, 111 deg 58.97 min). The final launch site choice
will depend on the predicted winds aloft. Watch for additional
announcements prior to launch day.

The balloon will be a 3000-gram weather balloon, filled with helium.
The expected burst altitude will be 90,000 feet or more. The flight is
anticipated to last about 2.5 hours from launch to touchdown.

The balloon will carry ten student-built payload packages containing a
variety of scientific apparatus as well as digital cameras to
photo-document the flight. This flight is part of the NAU and Arizona
Space Grant "Changes in Altitude" program. This project involves six
elementary, Middle and High Schools from across Arizona. We thank NAU
and AZ Space Grant for helping us fulfill our goal of "Promoting
Science and Education through Amateur Radio and High Altitude

APRS Beacons will transmit position information as follows: KA7NSR-11
and KA7NSR-12 both on 445.950 MHz, KA7NSR-13 on 144.34 MHZ

The ANSR Cross-Band Repeater will operate with an input frequency of
145.56 MHz with a 162.2 Hz tone, and an output of 445.525 MHz. While
contacts (especially DX) are welcome, please give priority to chase
team members. It is planned to place the repeater on IRLP node 9256.

The Sunday prediction for the flight of ANSR-68 is for a track of 56.3
miles on a bearing of 101º, or 29 miles NE of Picacho Peak and 23
miles ESE of Florence. This prediction is based on the model at
www.habhub.org<http://www.habhub.org> and is 8 miles longer than the previous prediction. A
prediction using Balloon Prediction lands 7 miles south of

The Jetstream is forecast to be way to the north with just a mild
southeasterly flow over Arizona. High temperatures are predicted to be
near 90ºF. No precipitation is forecast.


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