Near space network?
Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:59 pm
Greetings. I'm an avid reader of N&V, but new to this forum. I have an idea I'd like to bounce off you all. I have never launched a "near space" balloon, but it is an interesting activity. One thing that holds me back is the risk of equipment loss and the difficulty in retrieving the payload. It seems to me that the retrieval would be much easier if there was a group of people who were willing to track and retrieve the payloads for one another. This would require some radio receiving gear. It might not require any investment for amateur radio operators who have VHF/UHF gear, especially those who work satellites. It would be helpful if the near space experimenters adopted one or two standard beacon frequency bands. I know little about this whole subject. Is the creation of a tracking/retrieval network feasible?