PACER-03 (ACES-14) Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME: 15:05 UTC Tuesday July 28
LAUNCH LOCATION: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas (31.78317 deg N, 95.72333 deg W)
BURST TIME: 16:24 UTC
BURST LOCATION:
AVERAGE ASCENT RATE: 1,060 ft/min
BURST ALTITUDE: 85,600 ft
TOUCHDOWN TIME: 16:59 UTC
TOUCHDOWN LOCATION:


PACER-03 (ACES-14) Frequencies:




Live online tracking of PACER-03 (ACES-14)


K5LSU-11 K5LSU-11 Tracker (Single Window) K5LSU-11 (Dual Window) K5LSU-11 (3D) K5LSU-11 Range/Bearing to nearest VOR
W5YW-11 W5YW-11 Tracker (Single Window) W5YW-11 (Dual Window) W5YW-11 (3D) W5YW-11 Range/Bearing to nearest VOR
WP4NXZ-11 WP4NXZ-11 Tracker (Single Window) WP4NXZ-11 (Dual Window) WP4NXZ-11 (3D) WP4NXZ-11 Range/Bearing to nearest VOR
Example GPS Position Data - $GPGGA sentence.

W5YW-11>APRS,KD5QZD-2*,WIDE1,WIDE2-2,qAR,K5LSU-5:$GPGGA,223322.00,3023.5869,N,09106.0887,W,1,04,2.57,00006,M,-025,M,,*5F

Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: W5YW-11>APRS,WIDE1*,WIDE2-2,qAR,KB5LS-1:T#nnn,aa.aa,pppp,ccc,ddd,tttt

nnn=telemetry record number
aa.aa=main battery volts
pppp=Pressure (mb)
ccc=inside temperature in kelvins
ddd=outside temperature in kelvins
tttt=timing reference

Example GPS Position Data - MIC-E encoding

WP4NXZ-11>3P2S5X,KD5QZD-2*,WIDE1,WIDE2-2,qAR,K5LSU-5:`w^$l O/>"4$}

No Secondary Beacon Telemetry Included.



PACER-03 Flight Profiles



Altitude profile data (Excel Workbook)
Altitude profile program (zipped file)



Flight Systems:

Balloon Manufacturer Kaymount
Balloon Type latex
Balloon Size 3000 gram
Nozzle Lift ~17.6 pounds (estimate)
Free Lift % ~5.6 pounds (estimate)
Ascent Rate 1000 fpm (target)
Descent Rate 1200 fpm (estimate)
Peak Altitude 105,000 ft. (target)
Launch Conditions TBD

Payload Configuration:

Parachute: Skyangle 60" - 372 grams
Cutdown Apparatus: Nichrome heating element to melt nylon cord attaching top of parachute to balloon.  Controlled by ground command through location beacon transceiver.  Contains own batteries and battery heater. Also contains audio beeper.  205g
Primary Beacon: Kenwood TH-D7 transceiver transmitting at 144.390 MHz at about 4 W, Sending ARPS packet data on a 40 second interval, Call sign K5LSU-11, Garmin GPS-25LVS, Passive conformal patch antenna for GPS - 777 grams
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole - 80 grams
Experiment A: Albany State University
Team: SABRE
Experiment:HAIADC
Experiment B: Central State University
Team: DAP
Experiment: MPTA
Secondary Beacon: Kenwood TH-D7 transceiver transmitting at 144.390 MHz at about 4 W, Sending ARPS packet data on a 69 second interval, Call sign W5YW-11, Trimble Lassen iQ GPS with active patch antenna - 588 grams
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole - 80 grams
CW MORSE BEACON: CW On/Off Keying 15mW 445.925MHz.
100 msec beep, 1 per second Morse ID every 10 Minutes.
BeeLine CW Transmitter -- http://www.bigredbee.com
FM MORSE Beacon: FM Modulated Morse 15mW 445.975MHz.
5 sec tone every 25sec interval. Morse ID every 10 Minutes.
BeeLine FM Transmitter -- http://www.bigredbee.com
Simplex Repeater/Video: Simplex FM repeater 300mW 445.950MHz 100.0 Tone Access. Voice ID K5LSU
Digital Video Camcorder oriented upwards to image Balloon train.
Structure: Flight train string, spreader bar, payload clips - 100 grams
   
   
  Total weight of payload string is < 12 pounds