ACES-09 Flight Info


LAUNCH TIME:1230Z Tuesday May 20 (Weather contingency May 21)
LAUNCH LOCATION: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas (31.78317 deg N, 95.72333 deg W)
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Live online tracking of the flight was available


Flight Systems:

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


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 49 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: LSU student designed neutron detector
Experiment B: TBD
Experiment C: TBD
Experiment D: TBD
Secondary Beacon: Kenwood TH-D7 transceiver transmitting at 144.390 MHz at about 4 W, Sending ARPS packet data on a 63 second interval, Call sign W5GIX-11, Trimble Lassen iQ GPS with active patch antenna - 588 grams
Antenna: Half wave flexible J-Pole - 80 grams
MORSE BEACON: Modulated CW on 445.975 MHz FM 300mW QSL via K5LSU, Report Beacon text copied.
Structure: Flight train string, spreader bar, payload clips - 100 grams
   
   
  Total weight of payload string is < 12 pounds