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BBC Sky Balloon

Post by Minus1 » 09 Jan 2013, 09:31

The BBC are launching a balloon into the stratosphere today as part of the 'Stargazing' programme

http://twitter.com/BBCSkyBalloon

I don't know what freqs it might use, but weather balloons tend to be 402–405 MHz, no doubt there will other UHF/SHF? freqs re any camera on board.

Launch scheduled for 11:00 from Marble Arch Caves near the village of Florencecourt in County Fermanagh
KEY : = channel/stud | ~ = CTCSS/DCS | ^ = transmitter site | ¯ = overhead | * = trunked

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Re: BBC Sky Balloon

Post by nerdsville » 09 Jan 2013, 10:35

Interesting, from the twitter feed it seems they are using a SPOT GPS tracker

they were apparently testing it the other day, so assume this will the page
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... TBeh3zGRWU

Reading up it seems this device sends locations messages received by the LEO GEOS satellites on 1.6GHz

The payload has a video camera (to be retrieved later) but they have tweeted that they are sending out photo during the flight, no idea how..
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Re: BBC Sky Balloon

Post by Minus1 » 09 Jan 2013, 11:44

There is a balloon downlink on 404.2 now, but I don't know if it is the BBC one or something else entirely.
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Re: BBC Sky Balloon

Post by grafter » 09 Jan 2013, 12:59

Minus1 wrote:There is a balloon downlink on 404.2 now, but I don't know if it is the BBC one or something else entirely.
That's probably the sonde from Cambourne. The BBC balloon should be using 434.65MHz.
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