High Altitude Ballooning Project
Steve Lentine, a graduate student from RPI, will present an overview of his team's weather balloon prototype payload project.
"Our goal is to launch (to our knowledge) the first deployable/actuatable payload on a Meteorological class weather balloon. We will be flying a HAB-1500g balloon, capable of bringing 2-3kg (4-6lbs) to an altitude of 30km (100,000ft). Our payload will deploy and retract a tether supporting secondary payload several times during the flight, demonstrating the technology for dynamic payloads is available cheaply, with off-the-shelf components, and within the mass and volume constraints of small balloons. We use an Arduino Uno as the flight computer, an Ardunio Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield to actuate the stepper motor and deploy the payload, and a HS-55 sub-micro servo motor for a locking pin. We use a Byonics Micro-Trak All-In-One High Altitude GPS/APRS Transmitter to relay position and telemetry over the APRS repeater network. The deployed payload will contain a Go-Pro Hero3 and will be recording HD video of the ascent and descent. This is RPI High Altitude Ballooning Program's (RPI-HAB) third balloon launch."
Attendees will hear the details of the research and an overview of the upcoming launch (August 22nd - rain date August 24th). Those interested will have an opportunity to attend the launch, and a small number of volunteers may even get to join in the balloon-chase to recover the device (cars with APRS packet radios and/or walkie-talkies are encouraged to take part).
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