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by Paul Verhage
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Balloon Burst through a Telescope
Replies: 0
Views: 2384

Balloon Burst through a Telescope

I recently found footage of one of my balloons bursting at 79,000 feet. The video recording was taken through a telescope at the Herrett Center, Twin Falls, Idaho, back in August 2005. You'll notice that talcum powder comes rolling off the balloon at burst. And if you look quickly, the parachute ope...
by Paul Verhage
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Near Space
Topic: GPS Simulator Code
Replies: 0
Views: 1772

GPS Simulator Code

I forgot to give N&V the code for my GPS Simulator article, so I've attached it here. To use it, copy the text, paste it into Notepad, and give it a name ending in .BAS. By the way, NearSys LLC is selling the GPS simulator as a kit. See it at, http://nearsys.com/catalog/sensor/gpssim.htm Onwards and...
by Paul Verhage
Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Nearsys Flight #100
Replies: 0
Views: 1493

Nearsys Flight #100

I flew my 100th flight last weekend. I visited Ft. Hays State University to give them a hand with their first near space launch. They were kind enough to find enough free weight to carry my BalloonSat. I have a report on the flight on my webpage, http://nearsys.com/arhab/flightdata/2011/o/index.htm....
by Paul Verhage
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:37 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: BalloonSat Dissertation
Replies: 1
Views: 1834

Re: BalloonSat Dissertation

Kits to all but two classrooms have gone out. That's going to be 31 student teams (over 400 students) making BalloonSats this spring.

I plan to launch all of them under four weather balloons over spring break. I'll post the tracking website in March.

Onwards and Upwards
by Paul Verhage
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:33 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Cautions and Concerns on re-entry??
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

Re: Cautions and Concerns on re-entry??

No problem. Be sure to check my website, nearsys.com. I have links under publications to my near space book. It's a free download from Parallax.

Onwards and Upwards
by Paul Verhage
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:59 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: BalloonSat Dissertation
Replies: 1
Views: 1834

BalloonSat Dissertation

This week I'm mailing out the BalloonSat kits I created for my dissertation. At this moment, over 400 students in Canada and the United States are going to build BalloonSats starting in January. During spring break I'll launch their BalloonSats to an expected altitude of 80,000 feet. Students will g...
by Paul Verhage
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Cautions and Concerns on re-entry??
Replies: 3
Views: 2982

Re: Cautions and Concerns on re-entry??

All very good points. This is one reason the Citi commerical bothers me a little bit, there's no hint at the safety issues involved. Prior to a launch, I run flight predictions based on the characteristics of the balloon and parachute. On my last flight, I assumed an ascent rate of 1,200 per minute ...
by Paul Verhage
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:30 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Near space - national exposure?
Replies: 1
Views: 1638

Re: Near space - national exposure?

The problem is that it is illegal to use cell phones while airborne. Also, there are federal regulations we must follow for safety (FAR 101). I'm concerned someone will see this commerical and attempt the same activity. Because it is a commerical and not an educational video, there is no mention of ...
by Paul Verhage
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:45 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Latest Mission, NearSys 11N
Replies: 0
Views: 1565

Latest Mission, NearSys 11N

I traveled to Omaha for a launch last Saturday and I'd like to share some results. We launched from the town of Valley, west of Omaha and the home of my friend Mark Conner. Mark has helped me launch near spacecraft beginning in 1998. This was my 99th flight and it carried several instruments includi...
by Paul Verhage
Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Robotic Rovers
Replies: 0
Views: 1478

Robotic Rovers

Along with using near space to fulfill my outer space desires, I also make robots. One type I really like are rovers, smart robots that take orders to explore from a command center. My latest design has an articulated body for going over uneven terrain and steerable wheels to do away with skid steer...
by Paul Verhage
Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: BalloonSat Dissertation
Replies: 0
Views: 1397

BalloonSat Dissertation

As some readers know, I'm working on a PhD in science education. Yesterday my study was approved. Yippee!! I will be analyzing the effect that BalloonSats and gender have on student attitude toward science. To do so, I am assemblying 30 BalloonSat kits that I will distribute free to school classroom...
by Paul Verhage
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:43 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Paparazzi Robot
Replies: 2
Views: 2120

Re: Paparazzi Robot

Maybe I ought to stick with some local wildlife, like raccoons and rabbits.
:grin:
by Paul Verhage
Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:40 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Next Launch
Replies: 0
Views: 1507

Next Launch

Helium is getting in short supply in places across the US. I'm planning to launch with NSTAR (www.nstar.org) out of Omaha this weekend and if helium is unavailable, we'll try hydrogen. H2 provides 8% more lift than He and costs less. It's also plentiful. You can track this flight at aprs.fi by selec...
by Paul Verhage
Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: Paparazzi Robot
Replies: 2
Views: 2120

Paparazzi Robot

While modifying digital cameras for my near space projects, I came up with an idea. I sell a programming kit for my CheapBot robots that students can use to learn some of the programming they'll need. I'm expanding the items included so there's a good mix of sensors along with a stoplight and soon a...
by Paul Verhage
Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:28 am
Forum: Near Space
Topic: NearSys 11M
Replies: 2
Views: 2067

Re: NearSys 11M

I've attached one recovery image from this mission from Mike moody of the St. Louis robot club (robomo.com). The flight reached 88,800 feet and recovered on the top of a tree. Because of the parachute, balloon, and lightweight nature of the flight train, a near spacecraft tends to drape over the cro...