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ANSR-130 / ASCEND-38 Balloon Flight

  • 10/24/2020
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ANSR is pleased to announce the flight of

ANSR-130 / ASCEND-38

**** UPDATE *******

Launch Site is set to be off of the Freeman Road Exit on I-8

The launch of ANSR-130 is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM MST (1600 UT), from the UA Ag Center in Maricopa, AZ (33° 4.420'N, 111° 58.831'W). The actual launch site will be determined as we get closer to launch day.


The balloon will be a 3000-gram weather balloon, filled with helium. 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 is a makeup flight for a canceled ASCEND flight last spring, there will be payloads from 5 colleges and universities on this flight.


There will also be a Crossband Repeater Flying on this Balloon. HAMs are encouraged to work the Balloon when not in use by Chase Support Teams

INPUT: 145.560 PL 162.2, OUTPUT: 445.525

APRS Beacons will transmit position information on 144.34MHz and 445.925MHz as KA7NSRwith a dash number. The balloon will carry a backup CW beacon and an ADS-B Transponder as well. Call signs and -SSIDs will be published closer to the flight day. Our mobile cross band Digipeater will locally repeat the beacons' APRS data to the 144.390MHz standard APRS frequency and subsequently will be I-GATED to the Internet for out-of-area trackers. You can track the flight using these links:


Be sure to check for updates to this announcement prior to the flight.

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