ACES-15 Flight Info

LAUNCH TIME: Wednesday May 26 @ 12:18:00 UTC
LAUNCH LOCATION: Lubbock, Tx
CUTDOWN TIME: 12:43:00 UTC
AVERAGE ASCENT RATE: 1360
CUTDOWN ALTITUDE: 36,778ft
TOUCHDOWN TIME: 13:08:00 UTC
TOUCHDOWN LOCATION: Latitude: Longitude:

ACES-15 Frequencies:
Primary Beacon: APRS,144.390 MHz, ID: KF5FPY-11
Secondary Beacon: APRS,144.390 MHz, ID: KF5FPX-11


Live online tracking of ACES-15
Valid only during flight operations
KF5FPY-11 Primary Beacon KF5FPY-11 Tracker (single window) KF5FPY-11 Range and Bearing to nearest VOR KF5FPY-11 Raw Packets
KF5FPX-11 Secondary Beacon KF5FPX-11 Tracker (single window) KF5FPX-11 Range and Bearing to nearest VOR KF5FPX-11 Raw Packets
Example KF5FPY-11 GPS Position Data – $GPGGA sentence.
KF5FPY-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/143928h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000075!wP0!
KF5FPY-11 Telemetry Infomation:
example telemetry format: KF5FPY-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#000,12.48,0004,305,304,0009
telemetry decode format: KF5FPY-11>APRS,WIDE2-1,qAR,KB5LS-1:T#nnn,aa.aa,xxxx,ccc,ddd,tttt

nnn=telemetry record number   ccc=inside temperature in kelvins
aa.aa=main battery volts      ddd=outside temperature in kelvins
xxxx=NOT USED        tttt=timing reference
Example KF5FPX-11 GPS Position Data – APRS Text format.
KF5FPX-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:/143928h3024.74N/09110.75WO000/000/A=000075!wP0!
KF5FPX-11 Telemetry Infomation:
example telemetry format: KF5FPX-11>APTT4,WIDE2-1:T#000,12.48,0004,305,304,0009
telemetry decode format: KF5FPX-11>APRS,WIDE2-1,qAR,KB5LS-1:T#nnn,aa.aa,xxxx,ccc,ddd,tttt

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

Live Map Tracking. Only valid during an active flight


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 MHz at 500mW sending APRS packet data every 37s. Call KF5FPY-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 APRS,144.390 MHz MHz at 500mW sending APRS packet data every 79s. Call KF5FPX-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
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  Total Weight = 11 lbs