UB-SEDS High Altitude Weather Balloon Payload

On October 22nd, 2011, the University at Buffalo Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UB-SEDS) chapter launched a high-altitude weather balloon into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. It carried a payload containing a GoPro HD video camera, a flight computer to log data and heat batteries, and two tracking systems. Temperature, pressure, and acceleration data were recorded. A HAM radio transmitter and high-altitude GPS chip combination enabled tracking using Google APRS, in addition to a Motorola Droid phone that used an Android Marketplace GPS tracker app. It reached a maximum altitude of 95,000ft, and was recovered 91 miles downrange, south of Sodus, NY, from its launch location in Holland, NY.

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