Payload: APRS Tracker – HABEX Board with ZS6ERB-11
- Launch Time:2015-05-01 11:44:18z
- Highest Altitude:37417M
- Flight Distance:602Km
- Touch Down:2015-05-01 11:44:18z
Here are the stats on HABEX -10 as flown on 25 April 2015 ZS6COG-11 Luanched at 2015-04-25 06:52:55z Altitude Reached: 3366M Touched Down: 2015-04-25 06:29:41z Distance Flown: 21.9 Km ZS6COG-12 Luanched at 2015-04-25 06:29:41z Altitude Reached: 37520M Touched Down: 2015-04-25 06:52:55z Distance Flown: 136Km Download the KMZ and KML Files from APRS.FI at this …View full post
High Altitude Balloon Experiment HABEX @ Lichtenburg Airport Information sheet: – Launch date : 25 April 2015 Launch time : 06:00 SAST GPS format: - All GPS formats to be Degrees, Decimal Minutes Abort conditions: – - Payload moving into TMA - …View full post
v Opening & Welcome: Chris v Apologies v Attendance Register: All v Proposed Agenda: Payload 1 Camera ¨ Camera – Ready ¨ Transmitter – Progress APRS ¨ ZS6LMG – MiniTracker – 70cm 1200Bd – Progress ¨ HAMNET High Altitude AIO Tracker – 2m 1200Bd – Ready Release & Shute ¨ Mechanism – Ready …View full post
Payload: APRS Tracker – HABEX Board with ZS6ERB-11
Here are the stats on HABEX -10 as flown on 25 April 2015
Download the KMZ and KML Files from APRS.FI at this link…..
Hi….. If you want accomodation for HABEX -10 check out this website http://www.lekkeslaap.co.za/akkommodasie-in/lichtenburg
HABEX @ Lichtenburg Airport
Launch date : 25 April 2015
Launch time : 06:00 SAST
GPS format: - All GPS formats to be Degrees, Decimal Minutes
Abort conditions: – - Payload moving into TMA
- Payload moving into Botswana
Lichtenburg Airport: - FALI
Latitude: – 26°10’32.52″S
Longitude: – 26°11’4.56″E
Target payload weight : 1 Kg
Internet : http://aprs.fi/ Search for the payload callsigns
Operational : 06h00 AM until recovery
APRS : ZS6COG-11 144.800Mhz
Release Mechanism : Door Lock Actuator
Parachute : 1.5m diameter, lightweight material.
Parrot repeater : Rx Tx 438.550Mhz Simplex No Tones Maximum 60 Seconds Talk Time
Camera APRS : ZS6COG-12 144.800Mhz
Camera Mode : SSTV on FM
Freq : 433-400 MHz FM
Mode : Scottie 1
Material: : Natural Latex
Tensile Strength : 16,7 Mpa
Elongation / Stretch : 560%
Maximum Lift : 2000 – 2100 g
Length : 3200 – 3600 mm
Colour : Beige
Diameter at inflation : about 1900 – 2200 mm
Diameter at Burst : about 11 000 mm
Cost : $ 118 US….. each
Refer Communications plan: – http://www.habex.za.net for details
144.800 MHz: - APRS :
145-500 MHz: - Primary Communications
Frequency: - 145.700 No Tone
Sasolburg, Kroonstad; Leeukop: - (Sasolburg Radio Club)
Renosterkop (Kroonstad): -145.6625 – 88.5 Hz tone
Leeukop: – 145.625 – 88.5 Hz tone
Sasolburg: -145.600 No tone
North West Cape
Kuruman: – Tx 145.750 Rx 145.150 Linked to Tierkop
Tierkop (ZS3NC Northern Cape Radio Club): - Tx 145.775 Rx 145.175 Linked to Owendale
Owendale: - Tx 438.600 Rx 431.000 Linked to Tierkop
Kimberly: - Tx 145.625 Rx 145.025 Linked to Owendale
¨ Camera – Ready
¨ Transmitter – Progress
¨ ZS6LMG – MiniTracker – 70cm 1200Bd – Progress
¨ HAMNET High Altitude AIO Tracker – 2m 1200Bd – Ready
¨ Mechanism – Ready
¨ Trigger / Communication – Progress
- 11 April Binary Space – Launch in Kriel
v Next Meeting: 16 April 2015
¨ Gas – 2 x H2 Cylinders – via Sci Bono gesponsor van Afrox af.
¨ Balloons – last of the last.
¨ Camera, SSTV met 70cm TX
¨ APRS – Must x 2
¨ Radar Reflector – Polystyrene en Foelie.
¨ Parrot Repeater – Hampie (moet net by Chris kry)
¨ BACAR – Chase / Scout vir hulle launch
¨ BACAR Test Run – Telemetry unit.
¨ Release Mechanism – Nuwe kommunikasie moet bewerk word. Meganisme is OK.
We applied and got our FUA application approved! Thank-you so much for your help. Things are moving forward nicely now.
If you wish, you can follow our project at:
The project wikipage: http://www.binaryspace.co.za/wiki/index.php/Group_Project_GSBC_2015
Our website: http://www.binaryspace.co.za/
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/binaryspacehackerspace?fref=ts
Or you could even join us on the launch date!
v Next Meeting – 12 Maart 2015 – ERB Clubhouse
Guidelines to Radio Amateurs for launching High Altitude Balloons carrying Amateur Radio Payloads
Air Space in South Africa is regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and managed by the Central Aviation Monitoring Unit (CAMU).
The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) are responsible for the efficient running of South Africa’s airspace environment.
Regulations does allow for flexible use of airspace by users, but a process of application and cooperation is regulated and controlled by CAMU.
The purpose of this document is to assist Radio Amateur Radio operators with the intention of launching meteorological balloons and other experiments into high altitude with guidelines on best practice.
It may be revised from time to time and has been negotiated with the management of CAMU who will guide amateur users on the correct methodology for engaging air space.
Any applicant wishing to launch a high altitude balloon should apply for flexible use of airspace (FUA) via the CAMU website at www.atns.co.za
The regulated area of airspace known as controlled airspace ranges from 20 000 Ft to 46 000Ft above ground level (AGL).
In this band commercial air traffic are controlled by ATNS and airspace has to be sterile for commercial air traffic to pass.
The following conditions for consideration should guide any applicant:
On the day of the launch the launch coordinator is required to be in regular contact with the assigned CAMU specialist.
Intention to launch should be given as per the provided guidelines on the CAMU application. Contact details and names will be provided.
Once permission is obtained from CAMU and ATC to launch, the payload can be released. The ascent rate should be such that maximum ascent rate can be obtained by the payload.
When the payload hits 18 000 Ft, CAMU should be advised via phone of the position and height of the payload.
If a glider is attached to the payload it must be released before 20 000 ft. Release must be coordinated with CAMU so they take not of the increased ascent rate of the payload and the area wherein the glider is moving.
When the balloon payload passes through 46 000 ft. CAMU needs to be advised as this will allow air traffic to flow freely in the area.
If there is an intended separation of the payload this must be communicated to CAMU with the application.
When the payload has hit its ceiling height CAMU needs to be notified that the payload is at apogee and returning to terra firma.
Some payloads may make use of neutral buoyancy to increase the flight duration of the payload. AS long as the payload remains above 46 000 ft this is not a problem.
When the payload however descends, CAMU is to be advised at 60 000 ft that the payload is coming down. After CAMU has liaised with ATC that the payload is to be dropped, the payload must be placed in a direct descent at 50 000 ft, bringing it through controlled airspace as soon as possible. This implies that parachutes and streamers used should be deployed at this stage.
Once the payload or glider has touched down CAMU must receive a final notification in order for them to close the NOTAM and allow for normal continuance of ATC activities.
Although flexible use of airspace is allowed, it should be noted that this is a privilege and not a right.
Flexible use of airspace impacts on air traffic control over the whole controlled air space spectrum. Flights have to be delayed and diverted. A balloon over Vereeniging in controlled airspace impacts on the departure of several commercial flights from Durban and other destinations.
Radio amateurs and any other agencies wishing to make use of flexible use of airspace should liaise closely with the CAMU unit at ATNS.
For more information please feel free to contact the HABEX team as we volunteer our experience and invite any opportunity to launch a balloon in the stratosphere.
Controlled Airspace – 20 000 ft – 46 000 ft.
HABEX – High Altitude Balloon Experiment
BACAR – Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio
HAG – High Altitude Glider
ATNS –Air Traffic Navigation Services
CAMU – Central Aviation Monitoring Unit
|Reference Number:||BL 20/01-1|
|Company Name:||High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABEX)|
|Contact Person:||Chris Gryffenberg|
|Type of Operation:||Unmanned Balloon|
|Dates of Requirement:||25 Apr 2015|
|Duration of the Operations:||(0400Z-1000Z) 06:00L – 12:00L|
|Area of operation:||261000 S 0261100 E R138 MMV 40.7NM|
|Vertical limits of the area:||UNL|
|Aircraft type:||Unmanned Balloon|
|Additional Comments:||HABEX-10 will form part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, an international effort to launch unmanned balloons around the world in a predetermined time frame.The payload is an Amateur Radio Payload with APRS (Automated Position Reporting System) updating on aprs.fiThe launch vehicle is a gas filled meteorological balloon with a radar reflector attached to the payload.
Materials used in the payload are plastics, electronics and batteries with GPS receiver and radio transmitter.
The color of the balloon is Latex Coloured.
Size is 2M in diameter at Ground Level and 11 Meters in Diameter at Burst
Tracking is achieved using APRS (Automated Positioning Reporting System) via internet on the website aprs.fi. Tracking Provides heading, height above ground level and speed.
|ATSU:||FAOR ACC WEST / SACAA|
|WE HAVE NO OBJECTIONS PROVIDED:||CAMU has initiated NOTAM action for this operation.|
|THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET:||Contact Johannesburg ATC 30 minutes prior to commencement of operation on Tel: 011 928 6454, to advise them of your intentions and coordinate your operation.|
|SIGNED:||Zwelinzima Cira / Martin Cooper|
|DATE:||29 January 2015|
After joining the Global Space Balloon Challenge, HABEX will again be taking to the skies of Africa.
For now the Date has been set as 25 April 2015 and we will be launching EARLY as always.
If you want to partake in the team activities contact convener Chris at:
Cell: 083 543 5668
Meetings will commence in February 2015
Best 73 de
ZS6COG for HABEX
The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) is the coming together of people around the world to simultaneously fly high altitude balloons from every corner of the globe, celebrating an age where anyone can reach the edge of space for a few hundred dollars and a few weekends of work. By providing a specified launch window and central online platform, the GSBC enables teams to showcase their unique cultures while working together to educate the next generation and push the boundaries of what is technologically feasible.
During the inaugural GSBC, 60 teams from 18 countries on 6 continents flew together, helping each other and sharing their stories every step of the way. People of all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life participated, many of whom had never touched a high altitude balloon or studied engineering before the GSBC. Now it’s your turn – join the fun and show the world what you can do!
Go to http://www.balloonchallenge.org and sign up.
Then join the HABEX Team you are in. We will reconvene in 2015 to get this balloon aflight!