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Balloon 2 – 06.2019

Stratospheric Balloon 2 – June.2019

Objectives:

  • (VGT) Test SSTV transmission from Raspberry Pi
  • Develop operational experience
  • Test Venus GPS via APRS and on-board logger

Results:

  • Video from the stratosphere.
  • .kml files for the flight trajectory and the car chase.
  • Venus GPS failed to obtain a fix, and had to be replaced by a normal GPS, which did not work above 26km.
  • picoAPRS v3 performed better than the previous flight, due to firmware update.
  • The Raspberry Pi transmitter successfully sent 4 pictures in-flight, but the video encoder failed afterwards and only the carrier could be heard by the ham radio enthusiasts.