BASE 21 - 1 March brief report
- View SourceDear all,
BASE 21 was a successful flight. Back-up computer
issues and predawn assembly at 0 Celsius delayed the
launch until 11:15 UTC. Steady climb at about 1500
ft/min, burst at 95,000 feet ASL and landing in
southeastern Jennings County. Despite fast flight,
tracking vehicle kept 900 MHz signal throughout flight
until system reached 2500 feet ASL. Recovered signal
as we approached the last known location.
1) intermittent APRS radio beacon, I suspect a power
supply wire connection issue. Schedule called for
position report every 2 minutes with BASE-21 DePauw on
every fourth transmit. This clearly did not happen.
Last points (e.g., aprs.fi/w9yj-11) are at the landing
2) Entire system caught in two trees in small grove
approximately 30 meters above ground.
Retrieval delayed until next week. For those keeping
score, we're 21 for 21 with two lake landings and
seven in trees above 30 feet.
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