Prepping for the fill
SSTV payload built by ARAN on left, GoPros middle, and APRS tracker with data logger on right
NSTAR balloon being filled
Dan Glomski and Mark, N9XTN
Dan, Roger (KE0AKT), Jack (WY0F), and Roger (KC0MWM)
Laying down on the job
Roger KE0AKT, helping with the fill
NSTAR balloon filled and ready
Wayne (KE6DZD) holding the NSTAR balloon
My granddaughter taking care of the 'animals'
Mark (N9XTN) and Wayne (KE6DZD) of NSTAR ready to launch
Temporarily trading my Grandson his "Oogie" for the camera payload
Jack (WY0F) helps my Granddaughter hold the SSTV payload.
...and we're off
My son and two grandchildren
Tracking & Recovery
We tracked the APRS signal and ultimately spotted the payloads. After getting permission from the landowner we went in to retrieve the payloads.
Payload train as found. Everything intact.
While loading things up, my Jeep was idling...and apparently overheating. The radiator tank relieved the pressure and startled us as well. "Hello AAA?"
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