Near Space Flight
This collage gives you a birds eye view of the APRS high altitude balloon flight that I participated in recently with the Airdrie Space Science Club, headed by Brian Jackson VE6JBJ.
The flight was a great success with the balloon reaching a maximum altitude of 131,122 feet before bursting and allowing the payload to be returned to the ground by parachute.
The payload landed northwest of the town of Castor AB.
I was pleased with the Doppler direction finding unit that I had mounted in my mobile, as it got me within 2 kilometers of the payload before the payload touched down and I ran out of a road to drive on.
At that point I used my take down yagi and my Kenwood D72 to direction find the payload beaconing from its position on the ground.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....
Here's a look as too what was happening in my mobile while tracking the balloon and its payload.....
Here is a link to a gallery displaying photos shot throughout the day while APRS High Altitude Ballooning.....