Monthly Archives: June 2014

PS-10 MEL-SYD SSDV imaging payload

PS-10 PICO balloon release planned for 7am Saturday 21/6/2014.
Expected to travel MEL-SYD

Party balloon, solar powered, 10mW TX
Miniature Digital camera.

APRS on 145.175Mhz, callsign: VK3YT-10

SSDV imaging payload with RTTY300_8_N_1 on 434.500Mhz

SSDV frames can be received by dl-fldigi as RTTY data


Payload at 10.6g excluding solar panels


Update #1

The balloon went out of range 160km off Byron Bay at 1:26am

Total distance travelled was 1496km in 17.5h – average 85kph.

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PS-9 – MEL-NSW-QLD PICO balloon

PS-9 is planned to be released Monday 9th June 2014 from Melbourne.


Party foil balloon. Solar powered payload 10mW, 12g weight.

APRS 145.175Mhz, callsign VK3YT-11.

THOR16 and RTTY100_8_1_N_600Hz: 434.500Mhz with RSID, every 6 minutes, call sign is PS on flight PS-9



Update #1: Released at 8:30am, perfect day for a launch!

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Update #2: 4:05pm 9/6/14

Balloon is still going north, currently at 8385m altitude past Griffith.
We don’t have any manual tracker in the footprint coverage, but APRS should be available until Bourke.

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Update #3: 6:00pm 9/6/14

Balloon has gone out of reception range. Updated predictions show it will be in range around tomorrow morning


Update #4: 7:09am 10/6/14

It appears that battery was low overnight and the tracker shut itself down.
Sunrise at 6:40am, the battery was charged up and first packet was received at 7:09am

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Revised prediction based on latest position:


Update #5: 3:40pm 10/6/14

PS-9 exited Australia via Rainbow Beach, heading East.

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Entire path so far:

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Ron VK4KLC and Doug VK4ADC recorded a WAVE file of the audio from the tracker and it was the most recent position.

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PS-8 – MEL-SA-NSW PICO flight

PS-8 is planned to be release Sunday 1st June 2014 from Melbourne, at 2pm.


Party foil balloon. Solar powered payload 10mW, 11g weight.

APRS 145.175Mhz, callsign VK3YT-11

THOR16 and RTTY100_8_1_N_600Hz: 434.500Mhz with RSID, every 6 minutes, call sign is PS on flight PS-8

Balloon is expected to travel west to SA first before heading north to NSW.

Aim: Comparison of THOR16 and RTTY working with TCXO



Update #14:36pm

The balloon was brought down by rain shortly after release :(.

Landed in Flemington Racecourse, the payload and balloon were recovered successfully.

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Update #2 9:34pm

The payload was re-launched at 8pm with a new balloon. Looks like it was still wet up there, the balloon got to 2152m before losing altitude and landed in the bay.

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