BLT-33.1 The Rice Balloon!

An Experiment


BLT-33 Payloads:

APRS PecanPico2 - KT5TK-2 - 144.390 MHz - 100 mW - 3x AA battery - 2 minute cycle
(one position & one telemetry per cycle)
Mini Camera/Recorder
Total Weight = 100 grams

Rice University! Launch Happened 8 April 2013 at 7:30 PM!



Thomas KT5TK is in a deep trance as he uses telekinesis to charge the batteries.




Andy W5ACM holds the array of OVER THE HILL balloons at arm's length to snap a photo.




Verily - the batteries are fully charged and the payload is IN HAND.




Pat K5TAR's Rice University Amateur Radio Class




Just about ready with the payload!




Kirk KK2Z likes it!




A truly difficult launch for sure.




Quick! Take a picture before the winds come back!




The winds came back! Let it Go! Let it Go!




So he did, and it went right up into the sky!




Now it just has to clear the lights,




the power lines,




and the buildings...




And it does!




The balloon is away Ed! The balloon is away!




Ah, the class/crew looks on.




And they listen in for the APRS signals on HT's.




BLT-33.1 had a nice ride to the north and came down in The Big Thicket!

NOT QUITE TO THE EDGE OF SPACE BUT IT WAS EDUCATIONAL AND FUN!!!