ACES-50 Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME: 04/13/2017 1800 UTC (1300 local) Tentative
LAUNCH LOCATION: Near St. Francisville, Louisiana
CUTDOWN TIME: TBD
AVERAGE ASCENT RATE:1000 ft/min
CUTDOWN ALTITUDE: 60,000 ft
TOUCHDOWN TIME: TBD
TOUCHDOWN LOCATION: TBD


ACES-50 Frequencies:




Live online tracking of ACES-50



KG5NBC-11
Primary Beacon
KG5NBC-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
KG5NBC-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
KG5NBC-11
Raw Packets
KG5IHM-11
Secondary Beacon
KG5IHM-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
KG5IHM-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
KG5IHM-11
Raw Packets
Example KG5NBC-11 GPS Position Data - $GPGGA sentence.

KG5NBC-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/143928h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000075!wP0!

KG5NBC-11 Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: KG5NBC-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#000,12.48,0004,305,304,0009
telemetry decode format: KG5NBC-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 KG5IHM-11 GPS Position Data - APRS Text format.

KG5IHM-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/161208h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000092!wM0!




ACES-50 Flight Profiles



Flight Systems:

Balloon Manufacturer Scientific Sales
Balloon Type latex
Balloon Size 650 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 20,000 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 37s. Call KG5NBC-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 79s. Call KG5IHM-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: COTEL Test Equipment
Experiment B: Eclipse Video Payload
  Total Weight = 11 lbs