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Written by Joshua Neel   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:54

CAP High Altitude Stratospheric Experiment (CHASE-1)


On Saturday October 22nd, The Fort McHenry Composite Squadron launched it's first high altitude weather balloon experiment!  The objective of the mission was to send a payload to the stratosphere with a camera to capture images of the flight.  The launch took place in Clear Spring, MD at the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co with a liftoff at 8:21:50 AM EST.  The balloon filled with helium ascended at a targeted rate of 1000 feet per minute until it reached its bursting altitude.  Amateur Radio enthusiast Richard Goodman reported he was able to track the balloon the altitudes over 90,000 feet!  After the balloon burst, the payload safely parachuted down back to the ground and a Ft McHenry ground team located and recovered the payload 63 miles away in Pinetown, Pennsylvania.  During the flight, the payload was transmitting it's GPS coordinates using Amateur Radio and the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) network.  The Amateur Radio callsign of the balloon was KB3VTP-11 and the flight was tracked in near real-time on the APRS website


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