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  • Fred Hillhouse
    FYI! _____ From: charles decourt [mailto:chuck@w3wzn.com] Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:02 To: deCourt Charles Subject: WCU Near Space Launch UPDATE This
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 15, 2013

      From: charles decourt [mailto:chuck@...]
      Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 11:02
      To: deCourt Charles
      Subject: WCU Near Space Launch UPDATE

      This is to confirm that WCU will launch the Catamount 5 Near Space Balloon tomorrow, Saturday, February 16, at 9:00AM EST.

      The projected paths of the balloon are below and it is expected the balloon will land somewhere southwest of Winston Salem within Davie County. There are two tracks based on the altitude the balloon bursts.  The more westerly track represents a burst at 90,000 feet.  The more easterly impact represents a burst at 100,000 feet.

      Based on the the latest tracking projections, a tracking vehicle will be placed on Sauratown Mountain.  Recovery crews from WCU will be following the balloon from the West.

      We wish to thank everyone for there support of this project.  

      Chuck deCourt
      (919) 830-4778  Cell

      The next WCU near space balloon launch date has been set.
      On February 16, 2013 WCU's Physics Dept. will be launching Catamount 5, a high altitude weather balloon research and development project, at the Jackson County Airport (35.317N, -83.209W) between 9-10am.  The payload consists of two white stirofoam boxes for the housing of amateur radio equipment, a camera, and scientific equipment to measure and record cosmic radiation and search for gamma radiation up to the stratosphere.  The payloads will be properly labeled with contact information.

      A team of chase vehicles will follow the balloon, as coordinates will be uploaded to aprs.fi  and is expected to remain in flight for at least 90 minutes.  Trajectories show the flight path in a pie slice easterly direction.  The landing area is large and is made up with the point of the pie at the launch site at the  Jackson County Airport, with the other points near Columbia, SC and Danville, VA.  As the launch date gets closer, more accurate trajectories will be posted.  

      The balloon could land anywhere, and the team is equiped with supplies for proper retrieval.  The National Parks Service, NC Parks Service, SC Parks Service, VA Parks Service, NC Game and Wildlife and NC, SC, and VA State Police have been notified of the project and will be working with the recovery teams if the payload should land on their properties.  Directional anteannas will be used in locating the downed experiment and all safety precautions will be met.  Every effort will be made to contact the appropriate land owner/manager before searching begins.  
      The balloon is anticipated to carry two payloads to 100,000 feet and then burst.  A yellow and blue parachute will float the payloads back to earth. Below is the most recent projected track landing east of Monroe, NC, the payload containers, and parachute.  Earlier tracks have placed the payloads landing near Chapel Hill, NC, Laurinburg, NC, and Hickory,NC.
      Again, we should have a much more definite trajectory path the day before and the day of launch.  Another email will be sent reflecting the latest information for this launch on February 15, 2013, the Friday before the launch.
      If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.
      Thank you,

      Chuck deCourt
      (919) 830 4778  Cell

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