ACES-38 Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME: Aug 18, 2013 @ 15:25:46 UTC
LAUNCH LOCATION: Fort Sumner Municipal Airport, Ft. Sumner, New Mexico
CUTDOWN TIME: 15:53:51 UTC
AVERAGE ASCENT RATE: 1200 ft per minute
CUTDOWN ALTITUDE: 37,000 ft Maximum
TOUCHDOWN TIME: 16:12 UTC


ACES-38 Frequencies:




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K5LSU-11
Primary Beacon
K5LSU-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
K5LSU-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
K5LSU-11
Raw Packets
W5YW-11
Secondary Beacon
W5YW-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
W5YW-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
W5YW-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 W5YW-11 GPS Position Data - APRS Text format.

W5YW-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/161208h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000092!wM0!

W5YW-11 Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: W5YW-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#014,12.48,0004,212,212,0415
telemetry decode format: W5YW-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-38 Flight Profiles




Altitude profile data (Excel Workbook)
Altitude profile program (zipped file)
ACES-38 Google Earth Profile (Google Earth is required to view this file)




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Flight Systems:

Balloon Manufacturer Scientific Sales
Balloon Type latex
Balloon Size 2000 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: MicroTrak TT4 transceiver transmitting 144.390 MHz at 500mW sending APRS packet data every 70s. Call K5LSU-11
Trimble Lassen iQ GPS/Active patch antenna.
Telemetry, Battery Voltage, Pressure, Temperature (in, out)
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole
Secondary Beacon: MicroTrak TT4 transceiver transmitting 144.390 MHz at 500mW sending APRS packet data every 70s. Call W5YW-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: Downward looking Kodak Zx1 HD Camcorder
Experiment B: LAMB Biological Testing System
  Total Weight = 11 lbs