OT: Possible Trans-Atlantic APRS Balloon Tomorrow
From the TAPR APRS Reflector: California Near Space Project Launch announcement
A long-distance APRS-equipped floater may go up tomorrow. With some luck, this balloon may make the European coast before the batteries expire or the balloon gives up. CNSP is the same group that launched the transatlantic floater last December that made it just past Spain, into the western Mediterranean from California.
I tracked it (in the comfort of my own den) and have both a map of the flight as well as the telemetry data of altitude and battery voltage that I plotted on a chart. it got into its 400mi radio range @ 100 k ft stations in the Azores tuned to the US APRS freq and injected data in to the net, so it could be seen around the world in real-time.
It's amazing how small the radio payload is. Only about 6"x 6" x 10"
Planned launch is 6:46 p.m. Local time.
CNSP web site:
Scroll down for info on the last flight to Spain...
You can read the Tweets as well as other updates from that web site.
A map of the flight is on the front page of their Yahoo group and if like last time, I think they may post more here than on Twitter:
To watch it yourself go to (it already squawked on Monday on the ground):
73, Steve, K9DCI
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: k6rpt <Ron@...>
Date: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 4:25 PM
Subject: [Balloon_Sked] CNSP Launch announcement
California Near Space Project (CNSP) is scheduled to launch a
stratospheric floater on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 4:45 p.m. (PST),
Mark Conner, N9XTN, from NSTAR is working with us on this project and
has given CNSP the final ok to launch.
CNSP will be filling indoors using a floating arm scale which allows
the fill to be very accurate.
APRS updates will be every two minutes with a total run time of 60
hours. The APRS tracker will report voltage during the flight.
Flight # CNSP-18 (K6RPT-12)
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The weather is looking much better now and we still plan to launch at 4:45 p.m. (PST) 6:45 CST
73, Steve, K9DCI
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