UB-SEDS/Nanosat Successful Balloon Launch

On Monday, March 31, 2014, many months of hard work and planning came to fruition when the Nanosat/SEDS Joint Experimental Balloon (NS-JEB) launched over the Buffalo/Niagara region.

Background noise radiation from household devices like WiFi routers and cell phones has a big impact on communication systems in cubesats. The purpose of this balloon was to determine the levels of this radiation above western New York. The payload contained an array of instruments, including a camera, GPS, barometer, magnetometer, an independent APRS tracking beacon, a redundant SPOT tracking beacon, temperature sensors, heaters, and two radios for measuring noise levels. An Arduino was used to gather data from the sensors, log it to flash memory, and maintain temperature control.

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As planned, the balloon burst roughly an hour away from buffalo, after taking the following path:

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We are still in the process of analyzing the data. However, once published, cubesats will be able to use it to more accurately estimate the communications capabilities of the satellite.

While it appears that the scientific data captured by the radios will be quite useful, a baffling image was captured by the onboard camera, which has defied all attempts at analysis:

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What is its meaning? Perhaps we will never know

Check out the video of the entire flight below:

One thought on “UB-SEDS/Nanosat Successful Balloon Launch

  1. Christopher Taylor-Advisor

    Hi,
    I am an orbital science advisor to Team Stratosphere here in Maine. It is a group of high school students interested in orbital science. The reason I am writing is we are looking for different sensors and tracking systems and we were wondering if you could give us some ideas? This is a really neat project the FAA granted us authorization to actually pilot a sensor package back to earth. We will be using a high performance flying wing for the sensor package. Because of the jet stream we will not be launching until Spring but if any of you at the University of Buffalo would like to be involved in the project and help as advisors we would love the help.

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