Nov
28
2012

SPOT 2 axis gymbal

The SPOT is our secondary tracker for our payload. We use it to provide a GPS location of the payload when its on the ground. The challenge is that the SPOT must be facing the sky in order to get GPS signals, as well as broadcast the current GPS location to overhead Globalstar Satellites.  To […]

Aug
18
2012

Mobile Internet Coverage & Balloon Chasing

Due to the prominent direction of the wind across NSW being west to east, we will need to launch our balloon payload somewhere near Forbes in NSW so we can land before getting into the in-accessible areas of the great divining range to the west of Sydney. We want to make sure we have as good an internet service as we can […]

Mar
01
2012

SPOT Testing in Polystyrene Container

We are still working on the backup tracking until we get our licenses for amateur radio and can start work on our primary aprs tracking. We are expecting temperatures of -50 degrees C at altitude and SPOT’s operating range is only down to -30 degrees C. Our initial hamster ball SPOT container has lots of holes to […]

Feb
08
2012

Spot Testing

On the 30th of January,as part of my homework , I tested Spot. I went to school and put the Spot in the middle of the basketball court and pressed the i’m OK button. Then I showed my class the Spot website and on the map where I pressed the i’m OK button. The Spot […]

Feb
01
2012

Near Space in a Pet Store ?

You would not normally associate a pet store with near space experments, and yet today I found myself in a local PetBarn warehouse rifling through the small pets section. The hamster section to be precise. What I was looking for was a clear hamster ball to use on our balloon. No not for experiments on how fast a hamster can run at 100,000ft, rather […]

Jan
29
2012

Balloon Tracking – SPOT

The CHNSA team is still in the process of studying for our Amateur radio licenses and the next available test at our local club is the end of March 2012. So we will work on our backup balloon tracking device in the meantime. We have decided to use a SPOT satellite tracking device as secondary […]

Jan
19
2012

Research Research Research

As expected, we are on a steep learning curve with the new project, but we have been doing a bit of background research over the last 3 months or so to come up to speed. We have been researching the following – Balloon Suppliers – Kaymont in the US seems to be the supplier of […]

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