Dueling Balloons from KM4ZIA and KM4BUN


W4SDR EM74
 

Brother and Sister teenagers participate in the Great Plains Super
Launch Saturday morning.

16 year old Audrey McElroy KM4BUN and 12 year old Jack McElroy KM4ZIA
will each be launching
a PicoSat suspended from a Super Pressure balloon near 7:30 EDT (-4 UTC) Saturday
morning from our QTH in
Cumming, Georgia  EM74wf for  the Great Plains Super Launch.
https://www.superlaunch.org/

The  PicoSat is a Bill Brown WB4ELK design and will deploy a
20 meter dipole antenna, and will be beaconing WSPR
packets on 14.095 MHz a few hours after sunrise.

The balloons are SBS-13 "Super  Pressure" balloons, about 2 meters tall.
For this launch, they will be filled with high-purity Helium.

Audrey's PicoSat is "Lucy in the Sky" and will beacon KM4BUN-1
https://youtu.be/naoknj1ebqI

Jack's PicoSat is "Ghost Rider in the Sky" and will beacon KM4ZIA-2
https://youtu.be/Xsfw9CEQITA

The kids have put in months of studying VHF propagation at altitude,
Archimedes' principle, The ideal gas law PV=nRT, and have conducted
numerous test launches in hopes of making this a routine launch.

The goal is to combine ballooning and Ham Radio into a tangible,
hands-on, exciting STEM activity for kids.
 Place your bets on who will stay up longer, and travel further!

This is Ham Radio for teenagers in 2020.

We hope that you'll support them.

 73 from
Tom (Daddy-O of the Rad-io) W4SDR and
Janet (Lovely and talented Mom) K4PRM


Michael
 

Tom, Janet, awesome job!

Grass roots science and the ability to see it all applied! What a great opportunity for them!

--Michael
K5NOT


On 7/11/2020 12:02 AM, W4SDR EM74 wrote:
Brother and Sister teenagers participate in the Great Plains Super
Launch Saturday morning.

16 year old Audrey McElroy KM4BUN and 12 year old Jack McElroy KM4ZIA
will each be launching
a PicoSat suspended from a Super Pressure balloon near 7:30 EDT (-4 UTC) Saturday
morning from our QTH in
Cumming, Georgia  EM74wf for  the Great Plains Super Launch.
https://www.superlaunch.org/

The  PicoSat is a Bill Brown WB4ELK design and will deploy a
20 meter dipole antenna, and will be beaconing WSPR
packets on 14.095 MHz a few hours after sunrise.

The balloons are SBS-13 "Super  Pressure" balloons, about 2 meters tall.
For this launch, they will be filled with high-purity Helium.

Audrey's PicoSat is "Lucy in the Sky" and will beacon KM4BUN-1
https://youtu.be/naoknj1ebqI

Jack's PicoSat is "Ghost Rider in the Sky" and will beacon KM4ZIA-2
https://youtu.be/Xsfw9CEQITA

The kids have put in months of studying VHF propagation at altitude,
Archimedes' principle, The ideal gas law PV=nRT, and have conducted
numerous test launches in hopes of making this a routine launch.

The goal is to combine ballooning and Ham Radio into a tangible,
hands-on, exciting STEM activity for kids.
 Place your bets on who will stay up longer, and travel further!

This is Ham Radio for teenagers in 2020.

We hope that you'll support them.

 73 from
Tom (Daddy-O of the Rad-io) W4SDR and
Janet (Lovely and talented Mom) K4PRM

-- 
Michael Willett
Mobile: 214-578-2400
mw@...
www.advancedsourcinginc.com


Graham
 

A well done to all.  It is indeed encouraging to see the younger generation getting involved in such a hands on way in this type or activity. 

I jealously follow the postings on this GPSL group. 

For those not in the know and who may be interested, there is another groups.io list that is more specific to the Pico Balloon crowd:


cheers, Graham ve3gtc


 


On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 5:02 AM W4SDR EM74 <tommcelroy.mail@...> wrote:
Brother and Sister teenagers participate in the Great Plains Super
Launch Saturday morning.

16 year old Audrey McElroy KM4BUN and 12 year old Jack McElroy KM4ZIA
will each be launching
a PicoSat suspended from a Super Pressure balloon near 7:30 EDT (-4 UTC) Saturday
morning from our QTH in
Cumming, Georgia  EM74wf for  the Great Plains Super Launch.
https://www.superlaunch.org/

The  PicoSat is a Bill Brown WB4ELK design and will deploy a
20 meter dipole antenna, and will be beaconing WSPR
packets on 14.095 MHz a few hours after sunrise.

The balloons are SBS-13 "Super  Pressure" balloons, about 2 meters tall.
For this launch, they will be filled with high-purity Helium.

Audrey's PicoSat is "Lucy in the Sky" and will beacon KM4BUN-1
https://youtu.be/naoknj1ebqI

Jack's PicoSat is "Ghost Rider in the Sky" and will beacon KM4ZIA-2
https://youtu.be/Xsfw9CEQITA

The kids have put in months of studying VHF propagation at altitude,
Archimedes' principle, The ideal gas law PV=nRT, and have conducted
numerous test launches in hopes of making this a routine launch.

The goal is to combine ballooning and Ham Radio into a tangible,
hands-on, exciting STEM activity for kids.
 Place your bets on who will stay up longer, and travel further!

This is Ham Radio for teenagers in 2020.

We hope that you'll support them.

 73 from
Tom (Daddy-O of the Rad-io) W4SDR and
Janet (Lovely and talented Mom) K4PRM