The third flight of our tracker this weekend and we were pretty confident that the habduino tracker as well as the Igate and tracking software in our chase car would perform as expected.

We were once again flying on-board with our friend Robert Brand from Wotzup and Project Thunderstruck.

Launch was from Weethalle in mid Western NSW and we found a nice cricket oval with plenty of room available to launch without hitting anything.

Launch site - Weethalle cricket pitch

Launch site – Weethalle cricket pitch

It was a great smooth balloon fill and release. The VK2HAB-11 callsign was broadcast from our Habduino tracker

Takeoff Location

Takeoff Location

Flightpath - from takeoff to apogee

Flightpath – from takeoff to apogee

Flightpath - Full flight to apogee and landing

Flightpath – Full flight to apogee and landing

APRS flightpath

APRS flightpath

Landing Loccation

Landing Location

The maximum altitude for the flight was 27,822m  (91,281ft) with a flight time of 1hr 57 minutes. The coldest temperature recorded inside the tracker box was -43 degrees C.

The flight down was very controlled and the last heard packet above the ground was at a height of  892m (2,926feet). Using the HABHUB app we navigated to the last heard location. Once we arrived close to the landing location and rounded some tress we were able to hear the trackers beaconing on the ground. We received the final GPS locations and when closing in, Jason in one of the tracking cars confirmed a visual sighting of the orange parachute.

 

Landing location - in a harvested wheat field

Landing location – in a harvested wheat field

 

Drive up to the landing site

Drive up to the landing site

Harvested wheat field - a big one

Harvested wheat field – a big one

A great flight, tracker worked very well. Tracking software and Igate work very well.