ACES-54 Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME: June 22, 2017 @ 17:00:00 UTC (Estimated)
LAUNCH LOCATION:Saluki Stadium, Southern Illinois University Campus
CUTDOWN TIME: TBD
AVERAGE ASCENT RATE: TBD
CUTDOWN ALTITUDE: 100,000ft
TOUCHDOWN TIME:TBD
TOUCHDOWN LOCATION: Latitude: TBD Longitude: TBD


ACES-54 Frequencies:




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KE5POJ-11
Primary Beacon
KE5POJ-11 Tracker
(Single Window)
KE5POJ-11 Range and
Bearing to nearest VOR
KE5POJ-11
Raw Packets
Example KE5POJ-11 GPS Position Data - $GPGGA sentence.

KE5POJ-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/143928h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000075!wP0!

KE5POJ-11 Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: KE5POJ-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#000,12.48,0004,305,304,0009
telemetry decode format: KE5POJ-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 KF5FPX-11 GPS Position Data - APRS Text format.

KF5FPX-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/161208h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000092!wM0!

KF5FPX-11 Telemetry Infomation:

example telemetry format: KF5FPX-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#014,12.48,0004,212,212,0415
telemetry decode format: KF5FPX-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







Flight Systems:

Balloon Manufacturer Scientific Sales
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: MicroTrak TT4 transceiver transmitting 144.390 MHz at 500mW sending APRS packet data every 37s. Call KE5POJ-11
Trimble Lassen iQ GPS/Active patch antenna.
Telemetry, Battery Voltage, Pressure, Temperature (in, out)
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole
Structure: Flight train string, spreader bar, payload clips
Total Flight Support System: TBA
Experiment A: TBD
Experiment B: TBD
  Total Weight = 11 lbs