Launch Information

HighBall-1 was suppoed to be a local test of the ballooning equipment and launch procedures. The flight was not flown as planned, though most of the electronics flew as PiggyBack-1 on a SpacePort Indiana flight, from Central Middle School, in Columbus IN.

Launched ~9AM Nov 5 2010

Telemetry Information

Radio Telemetry Listening Opportunities:

Frequency Call Sign Payload Modes
28.2168 MHz KJ4WTI/B Carl Lyster Balloon Computer RTTY 45.5 (Each Minute) and CW (Each 10 Minutes)
144.390 MHz WB8ELK-11 Bill Brown APRS Payload APRS
144.340 MHz WB8ELK Bill Brown Domino Payload 1 Sequence of DominoEX16 followed by 2 sequences of 300 baud RTTY

Bill Brown 110 Baud RTTY ASCII:
200hz shift, 110 baud, 8 bit, No Parity, 1 stop bit

Other Telemetry Opportunities: Twitter
Live Google Maps Tracking

Captured telemetry data

Science Data


84% of the time there was a satellite downlink available. A command was sent from the ground to the sat modem, and it acked succesfully. This suggests that the wire dipole should be OK for flight use.

Technical Information


Helium and Weight

Helium Info: For Ascent Rate of 1000 FPM, 600G Balloon, 3.25 Lbs payload: Inflate Diameter: 5.9 Feet, Volume: 110 Cubic Feet From General Welding, $50 tank = ~120 Cubic Feet

Balloon SectionWeight (g)
Balloon Deflated 600
Parachute & Ring 140
BB1 APRS 283
BB2 Test Payload 283
White Star Payload (no tape or rope) 310
Carl's Payload 275

Flight Systems

Primary SystemsSub-SystemComponentsHighBall 1 Detail
Flight Systems
Balloon EnvelopeKaymont KCI-500N Latex 500g
Flight Controls
Balloon Envelope Vents and Valvesnone
Ballast Systemnone
Flight Computer
Main Computer Highball-1 Design
Flight Termination Systems
Cut Down Systems WA4ADG Cutdown
Controlled Descent Systems
Parachute System 36” Parachute
Main Payload
Communication Systems
Transmitters Cell Phone: Moto i296
Receivers none
Sensor Array
Temperature TMP102 (Outside), BMP085 (Inside)
Pressure BMP085
Humidity HIH-4030
Accelerometer3 Axis
Systems Status
Signaling System
Passive Visual None
Active Visual None
Radar Reflection None
Transponders and Beacons None
Guest Payload 1 Guest provided Link Carl Lyster RTTY 45.45 28.2168 MHZ 170 Shift
Guest Payload 2 Guest provided Link
Power Systems TBD
Ground Interface TBD
Launch Systems TBD

Launch Equipment

Item Claimant Obtained? At Space?
digital fish scale ~20 lb max Grace
work gloves, cotton - 10-12 package JAC X X
Two 10' x 10' tarps, polyethylene (not blue) JAC X X
heavy objects to load tarp down, tarp weights (Bricks, Rocks)
rope, 50 lb breaking strength, dacron Dan X X
duct tape, several rolls JT X X
Caution Tape JAC X X
Chairs LVL1 X X
Earplugs JAC X X
Hose and PVC Fill Nozzle Dan and Bill
toolbox - needlenose pliers, wire cutters, cable ties, knives
Crescent Wrench Bill X X
First Aid Kit Grace X X
Binoculars JAC X X
Air Band Radio Dan X X
Card Table LVL1 X X
Power/Inverter JT, Bill
Bullhorn JAC X X
Plastic Tub JAC X X
Literature, PR Jim, Others?
Cameras Anyone, Everyone
Poster Chris Cprek
Coffee Grace
Food, Snacks
Anemometer Tyler X X
Gallon Jug Dan X
Water Container Dan X
Chalk, Sharpies JAC X X
HF Handheld Tad X X
Flashlights JAC, Dan X X
Basketball Net Brian

Launch Crew

Launch Crew RoleName(s)
Valve Control Specialist
Balloon Helium Filler
Balloon Handler x 3 JT + 1
Primary Launch Director Jose
Secondary Launch Director Dan
ATC Communicator Grace, Bill
Crowd Director/Barker focused on crowd/spectators
Announcer focused on launch crew Dan
Weather/Flight Prediction Specialist Tyler
Telemetry Receiver Brad
Payload Specialist Brad
Launch Prep General Crew all other spare hands
Recovery Team Leader Ron Malinowski N9QGS

Launch Checklists

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