ACES-26 Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME: July 14, 2011 @ 12:30 UTC(Tentative)
LAUNCH LOCATION: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas (31.78317 deg N, 95.72333 deg W)
CUTDOWN TIME: TBD
CUTDOWN LOCATION:TBD
AVERAGE ASCENT RATE: TBD
CUTDOWN ALTITUDE: 100,000 ft
TOUCHDOWN TIME: TBD
TOUCHDOWN LOCATION:


ACES-26 Frequencies:




Live online tracking of ACES-26



K5LSU-11
Primary Beacon
K5LSU-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
K5LSU-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
K5LSU-11
Raw Packets
WD5CMA-11
Secondary Beacon
WD5CMA-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
WD5CMA-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
WD5CMA-11
Raw Packets
Example K5LSU-11 GPS Position Data - $GPGGA sentence.

K5LSU-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/143928h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000075!wP0!

K5LSU-11 Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: K5LSU-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#000,12.48,0004,305,304,0009
telemetry decode format: K5LSU-11>APRS,WIDE2-1,qAR,KB5LS-1:T#nnn,aa.aa,xxxx,ccc,ddd,tttt

nnn=telemetry record number
aa.aa=main battery volts
xxxx=NOT USED
  ccc=inside temperature in kelvins
ddd=outside temperature in kelvins
tttt=timing reference

Example WD5CMA-11 GPS Position Data - APRS Text format.

WD5CMA-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/161208h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000092!wM0!

WD5CMA-11 Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: WD5CMA-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#014,12.48,0004,212,212,0415
telemetry decode format: WD5CMA-11>APRS,WIDE2-1,qAR,KB5LS-1:T#nnn,aa.aa,xxxx,ccc,ddd,tttt

nnn=telemetry record number
aa.aa=main battery volts
xxxx=NOT USED
  ccc=inside temperature in kelvins
ddd=outside temperature in kelvins
tttt=timing reference



ACES-26 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 ~17.5 pounds (estimate)
Free Lift % ~5.6 pounds (estimate)
Ascent Rate 1000 fpm (target)
Descent Rate 1400 fpm (estimate)
Peak Altitude 100,000 ft. (target)
Launch Conditions TBD

Payload Configuration:

Parachute: Skyangle 60"
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. Also contains audio beeper.
Primary Beacon: Kenwood TH-D7A(G) transceiver transmitting at 144.390 MHz at about 500 mW, Sending ARPS packet data on a 70 second interval, Call sign K5LSU-11, Trimble Lassen iQ GPS/Active patch antenna
Telemetry, Battery Voltage, Pressure, Temperature (in, out)
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole
Direction Finder Beacon: 15mW CW transmitter 445.900 MHz, Call Sign K5LSU
Secondary Beacon: MicroTrak TT4 transceiver transmitting 144.390 MHz at 500mW sending APRS packet data every 70s. Call WD5CMA-11
Trimble Lassen iQ GPS/Active patch antenna.
Telemetry, Battery Voltage, Pressure, Temperature (in, out)
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole
Structure: Flight train string, spreader bar, payload clips
Total Flight Support System: TBA
Experiment A: GoPro 1080P HD Video Camcorder
tilted 20 Deg below Horizontal
Experiment B: WBEE environmental sensor package
Pressure, Temperature, Humidity
Experiment C: WBEE environmental sensor package
Pressure, Temperature, Humidity
Experiment D: WBEE environmental sensor package
Pressure, Temperature, Humidity
Experiment E: WBEE environmental sensor package
Pressure, Temperature, Humidity
Experiment F: WBEE environmental sensor package
Pressure, Temperature, Humidity
Experiment G: WBEE environmental sensor package
Pressure, Temperature, Humidity
  Total Weight = TBA