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It was great fun, but there has been no new balloon activity since 2006, and I don't expect anything new.|
SEPTEMBER LAUNCH SCHEDULED!
The goal of this launch is to capture the sun rising over the horizon from
altitude. Sunrise is 6:34. At 90,000 ft, the horizon is 367 miles away and
a degree at our latitude is 60 miles. SO the balloon will see the horizon 6.1
degrees away. At 15 degrees per hour the sun should come up 24 minutes earlier
at 90,000 ft than it does for us on the ground. [Confirmed with Starry Night
Pro RWW] So we want to be at 90,000 feet at around 6:05 to 6:10 AM. If we
climb at 1000 ft/min we'll need to launch between 4:35 and 4:40 AM. I think
we'll climb at that rate if we put 3 pounds positive lift in the balloon.
I'll send several cameras (video and still), a weather station,
and a Geiger counter. I have a fre BalloonSats to launch as a test for an
article I want to write. -- KD4STH
David KD7VFB points out the times above are an hour off. We get to sleep in
another hour! YAY!
Also, we need to remember there are a number of people who will need to be at
the observatory Friday night for the montly astronomy talk.
Lee K6ZVA will be flying the ATV camera and a tracker to receive commands for
the camera. I hope to find someone to capture the flight through the Herrett
Telescope. More details as I know. For up to the minute information subscribe
to the balloon mailing list. (Click on the mailing list link on the left, click
the subscribe list for balloon and send the resulting email.) -- KD7VKZ
There may be another launch in October...
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