Category Archives: Trackuino

HAB Forum

We are starting a HAB Forum for everyone interested in learning about or teaching what they have learned in the field of high altitude ballooning. We also have Kaymont Balloons and Javi from Trackuino on answering questions. Come by and check it out!

HAB Launch 7-31-11 6:00 PST

We will be having another HAB launch this Sunday starting at 6:00 from Palmdale, CA Flight can be tracked from here.

WEther Balloon (WEB) Project – First Launch Recap

The launch was a success! Here are the photos from the payload…

Trackuino Shield

These are the new trackuino shields I have been working on. Javier Martin is completing a newer updated version of these shields. Also a new version compatible with the chipkit32 is on the way. A new flight is planned for later this summer with two other hams. We should have 3-4 balloons aloft that day. Keep checking […]

Launch Day!

Payload Mass (g) 745 Balloon Mass (g) 1428 Neck Lift (g) 4090 Gas Used Hydrogen Maximum Altitude (ft) 68,593 at 16:06:32Z Flight Duration (min) 85 Flight Distance (miles) 33.36 Payload Recovered Yes

WEther Balloon (WEB) Project – Balloon

I purchased a couple of military surplus weather balloons from ebay. We will soon see “weather” (lol) they work or not. I had to remove the latex skirt and end piece that came attached to the balloon. Original Mass (aprox)           2200 grams Final Mass with Bag         […]

WEther Balloon (WEB) Project – Antennas

There are many different antenna designs that I considered for this project. After considering a dipole mounted on the payload tie line I eventually found a major problem with this design. A dipole antenna transmits in all directions except for the poles. So my transmitter would be wasting power transmitting out into space and stations directly below […]

WEther Balloon (WEB) Project – Payload Enclosure (Part 2)

The enclosure was a bit uneven so I shaved the corners smooth with a sharp razor blade. The camera hole was cut into the side of the box. I chamfered the area around the hole to allow an unobstructed  view by the camera. After shaping the styrofoam the  external surfaces were sprayed with contact cement. I adhered a […]

WEther Balloon (WEB) Project – Payload Enclosure (Part 1)

I started work on the payload capsule today. Using a 2 inch thick Styrofoam sheet I found I cut out panels with a long x-acto knife. I will join the panels together with Gorilla Glue. Now, usually I hate this particular brand of glue. It is messy and while curing it foams to many times its […]

WEther Balloon (WEB) Project – Trackuino

For about a year now I have been researching the hobby of high altitude ballooning (HAB). It all started with some photos I stumbled upon by a Brit named Robert Harrison (The Icarus Project). After researching many different tracking methods I discovered the most common was the Automatic Position Reporting Systems (APRS). This tracking method […]

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