Announcements

**************** APRIL 1, 2017 ****************
Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) is pleased to announce the flights of ANSR-106/ASCEND!-24 and ANSR-107/ASCEND!-25.

These high altitude balloon flights will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. and 9:30 A.M. respectively.  The baseline launch site will be the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center, near Maricopa, AZ (33 deg 04.42 min, 111 deg 58.97 min). The final launch site choice will depend on the predicted winds aloft. Watch for additional announcements prior to launch day.

Both balloons will be a 3000-gram latex weather balloons, filled with hydrogen. The expected burst altitude will be 90,000 feet or more. The flights are anticipated to last about 2.5 hours from launch to touchdown.

These flights will be the 24th and 25th in a series of ASCEND! flights sponsored by the NASA/AZ Space Grant Consortium. The payloads will contain a variety of scientific apparatus designed and constructed by students from Arizona colleges and universities. Participating schools include the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Pima Community College-West, Pima Community College-Northwest, South Mountain Community College, Glendale Community College, Central Arizona College, Phoenix College, and Estrella Mountain Community College. Additional information about the ASCEND! program can be found at http://spacegrant.arizona.edu/research/ascend

APRS Beacons will transmit position information for each balloon on 144.34 MHz and 445.925 MHz. Both will carry backup CW beacons on 147.515 MHz and Mode C Transponders as well. Call signs and -SSIDs will be published closer to the flight day.Our mobile cross band Digipeater will repeat locally the beacons' APRS data to the 144.390 MHz standard APRS frequency and subsequently will be I-GATED to the Internet for out-of-area trackers. You can track the flight using the link: http://aprs.fi

Jack Crabtree, W7JLC
ANSR/AZ Space Grant Liaison

**************** APRIL 11, 2017 ****************
Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) is pleased to announce the flight of ANSR-107 This high altitude balloon flight will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. The baseline launch site will be the campus of Dine College at Tsaile, AZ on the Navajo Nation. The final launch site choice will depend on the predicted winds aloft. Watch for additional announcements prior to launch day.

  The balloon will be a 2000-gram weather balloon, filled with hydrogen. The expected burst altitude will be 90,000 feet or more. The flight is anticipated to last about 2.5 hours from launch to touchdown.

  This flight will be the 4th in a series of Dine College ASCEND! flights sponsored by the NASA/AZ Space Grant Consortium. The payloads will contain a variety of scientific apparatus designed and constructed by Dine students including a Geiger counter, various gas sensors and, pressure and temperature sensors. Additional information about the ASCEND! program can be found at http://spacegrant.arizona.edu/research/ascend

  APRS Beacons will transmit position information as follows:
KA7NSR-6, 144.34 (08,38), CW 147.515; and KA7NSR-7, 445.925 (0.30)

Our mobile cross band Digipeater will repeat locally the beacons' APRS data to the 144.390 MHz standard APRS frequency and subsequently will be I-GATED to the Internet for out-of-area trackers. You can track the flight using the link: http://aprs.fi/?call=ka7nsr-6 (or ka7nsr-7)

Be sure to check http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ballooning for updates to this announcement prior to the flight.

  Jack Crabtree, W7JLC
ANSR/AZ Space Grant Liaison


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