I'm sure like many others, we'll be launching a flight during the eclipse Monday from Rochester, NY. Overlook Horizon will be launching our OLHZN-9 "Helios" capsule on Monday, August 21st at precisely 1:10pm ET / 17:10 UTC.
The launch will take place in Canandaigua, NY (outside of Rochester) at Canandaigua Academy (High School). We expect the balloon to reach 34 km altitude and land around 56 km southeast of the launch area. Total flight time should be around 2 hours & 49 minutes. The launch will be live-streaming on YouTube and Facebook beginning sometime after 16:00 UTC / 12:05pm EDT. This is only a partial solar eclipse for Rochester, NY; but we have another total eclipse passing directly over us in April 2024.
We're going to do our best to capture some eclipse footage both of the sun itself and of the shadows on the ground via our 3 onboard cameras. All of them will be Lightdow LD4000 action cameras that we lovingly call "Faux-Pros"
The capsule will contain two APRS radio trackers which will transmit position, velocity, system and additional sensor data (temperatures & pressure).
The chase car will be using an SDR & laptop to receive the RTTY transmissions, primarily, with the capability to read and decode the APRS as well.
APRS Tracking Links: KD2KPZ-11 and KD2KPZ-12
Our primary APRS tracker was made using the Arduino Mega 2560, a U-Blox NEO-6M with Active antenna, a BMP180 pressure sensor, 2 DS18B20 temperature sensors and a Radiometrix HX1 transmitter. Tracker uses our custom designed circuit board and a 7.4V / 3400mAH Li-Ion battery pack. The Lightdow cameras will be powered by 3 Li-Ion external battery packs, each with 3.7V / 3400mAH & boosted to 5V using an Adafruit PowerBoost.