VWS Balloon Program
Flight History

 

 

 

 

New Photo: VWS8

Mission Call Mission Date Launch
UTC
   Launch Location Max
Altitude ft
Landing location Landing
UTC
Flight Time
hh:mm:ss
Balloon Size grams Accent
 rates fpm
Retrieved
Y/N
LAT
LAT
Local Time Time UTC Distance Traveled mi Payload lbs Decent  
LON
LON
VWS-1 KF4KJQ-11  7/24/2004 14:29:00 Front Royal, VA  

99500

Front Royal, VA                 16:47:17 2:18:17 1500 1050 Yes
38.9513
38.9425
10:29:00 16:03:00 3.5 6.5 1200
-78.1341
-78.1976

Notes: Balloon tangled with Parachute. Good photos taken

VWS-2 KI4HAC-11 7/23/2005 14:03:00  Front Royal, VA 97848 Burr Hill, VA 16:36:50     2:33:50    1500 1100 Yes
38.91233
38.56533
10:03:00 15:29:50 29.8 6 1200
-77.864167
 -78.192667

Notes: Lands in tree in Field

VWS-3 K4HTA-11  1/7/2006  14:55:00 Harrisonburg, VA   113074 Orange, VA 17:26:45   2:31:45       1500   1000        Yes

  

38.443833
38.1893
 9:55:00 16:48:05 50.9 5 1300
-77.979667
 -78.8605

Notes: Lands in tall tree, recovered 6 days later, w/Photos 

VWS-4 K4HTA-11  7/22/2006 14:30:00 Front Royal, VA 125000 Sprintfield WV 18:38:11  4:08:11 3000 850   Yes
 38.91233
39.3930
10:30:00  17:58:05 41.2 3 1100
-78.6548
-78.192667

Notes: Impact at launch shut down all radios and sensors  No Data Collected *Flight outline is estimated. Package found by farmer in field near Springfield, WV and returned.

VWS-5 K4XY-11 12/22/2007 15:21:04 Strasburg, VA 83202 Vienna, VA 17:08:52 1:47:48 1500  1400 Yes
  38.9970
38.907
10:22:00 16:22:20 57.8 4.5 1100
-77.2817
-78.3508

Notes: Flight over homes of teams and lands in tree in Vienna, VA, 2 blocks from some team members homes, 4 Hrs to retrieve

VWS-6 K4HTA-11 2/16/2008 15:03:00 Strasburg, VA 96772 Watertown, MD 17:01:44  1:58:44 1500 1400 Yes
38.9970
38.3588
10:03:00 19:19:02 92.6 4.5 1100
-76.8408
-78.3508

Notes: Near Space Explorers, Seed experiment, Lands in water

VWS-7 K4HTA-11 12/6/2008 15:16:00 Strasburg, VA   87944 Sparks, MD  17:09:00  1:53:00  1200 1400 Yes
38.9970
39.5382
  10:16:00 16:03:14 95.2  4.5  1100
-76.7147
-78.3508

Notes: Lands in tree, Sparks, MD

VWS-8 K4HTA-11 5/1/2010 13:34:00 Strasburg, VA 117877  Oxen Hill, Md 15:58:00  2:24:00  3000 1150 Yes
38.9970
38.7852
  9:34:00 15:15:02 75.4  3.75  1100
-76.9755
-78.3508

Notes: A very successful flight and recovery. HacDC participation, Good photos taken, Max altitude from K4XY-11 datalogger

 

DOWNLOADS:

The following are downloads that you can use with Balloon Track, or GoogleEarth.
WX Sounding - weather sounding at time of flight from nearby airport. Right-Click and Save. Use with Balloon Track, "Open" file feature to run predictions.  Assumes you have Balloon Track configured with the corresponding launch location and burst altitude.

APRS flight
- APRS data Right-Click and Save. Use with "Packet Data"  "Packet Terminal" feature to "Open Simulation" with this file with Balloon Track using this real data. This will allow you to rerun the data and watch the flight progress in Balloon Track.

Google Earth
- *.KML file that you can use to view the tracks in 3D, if you have GoogleEarth installed.  If GoogleEarth doesn't open automatically when you click the link, then copy the URL from your browser.  Open GoogleEarth and use the File open menu and paste the link as the file to open.  If you Right-Click the link to save the file, be sure to save with the file extension "kml" and not "htm".

To quickly see a larger image of the pictures of the flight tracks below, simply click on the picture.  And use the browser "Back"  to return to this page.

VWS1  WX Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth VWS2 WX Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth
VWS3 WX Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth VWS4 WS Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth
VWS5 WX Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth VWS6 WX Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth
VWS7 WX Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth VWS8 WS Sounding  APRS flight  Google Earth  K4XY-11 log

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