W2CXM Balloon Launch: Sunday, May 8, 12:00pm

Michael Hojnowski

High Altitude Balloon Launch and Zoom Meeting

Bear in a space
        suitOn Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 12:00pm the Cornell Amateur Radio club will be doing a High Altitude Balloon launch.  The main payload is expected to climb to about 100,000 feet.  Shortly before apogee, we intend to release “Homerun the Bear” on a small parachute.  Homerun, is a protege of Touchdown the Bear, who completed a similar flight in May of 2019.  Join our zoom meeting to see the launch, chase, and hopeful recovery of both Homerun, and the main payload box (which has lots of cameras).  During the livestream, we’ll be discussing the various components of our payload as well as some of the technology and planning that goes into such a flight.


Schedule for Sunday, May 8, 2022(all times EDT and approximate):

  • 12:00 Coverage Begins
  • 12:15 Launch
  • 13:45 Bear Drop
  • 13:55 Balloon Burst
  • 14:35 Payloads land, recovery coverage begins
  • 15:30 Stream ends after teams gleefully show recovered bear and payload (hopefully!)


The zoom information follows:


Time: May 8, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 984 6570 1095

Passcode: 256193

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Meeting ID: 984 6570 1095

Find your local number: https://cornell.zoom.us/u/abrZlkmKQt


A few days after the launch,, we will publish a video summarizing the flight on the W2CXM youtube channel at:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_bR3oU5WFqyr0DrdO-_a8w 

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