OLHZN-9 :: Helios
August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse Day!
This flight was timed to perfectly coincide with the solar eclipse that occurred across the United States on August 21st, 2017. The flight obtained amazing imagery of the Earth during the eclipse, but the flight tracking systems failed. The backup tracking system saved us once again and we recovered the payload in the swamp after achieving 112,506 ft. in altitude – our highest altitude yet. Read More.
OLHZN-8 :: Rectify
August 2, 2017
This flight is the closest we’ve come to perfection so far. The flight computer and cameras operated flawlessly until the last 30 seconds of the flight when the flight computer failed. We were able to literally catch the payload as it landed as we were waiting at the landing site – an incredible feat! Read More.
OLHZN-7 :: Duplicity
July 17, 2017
This flight again focused on capturing the balloon burst with an upwards facing camera. We use our regular HD 1080p cameras and partially captured the burst due to a flight computer error that caused continual restarts. The primary tracking system failed, but the flight was recovered after achieving 106,427 ft. in altitude. Read More.
OLHZN-6 :: Shredder
May 20, 2017
This flight was the first to feature a third upwards facing camera to capture the balloon burst. We attempted to use a 4K Camera to capture this footage in 120 frames per second, however, the camera’s batteries expired 25 minutes before the balloon burst so we were unable to obtain that footage. Read More.
OLHZN-5 :: Continuity
March 26, 2017
This flight implemented a number of changes to improve our flight tracking computer systems that was overhauled during the winter offseason. The tracking systems operated well and this was the first flight to break 100,000 ft. This flight experienced an extremely close Airbus flyby and the payload landed on some high voltage power lines which presented a difficult recovery. Our most eventful flight to-date. Read More.
OLHZN-4 :: Butchy
August 20, 2016
This flight was the first to feature our OLHZN Astronaut, Butchy, a replica NHL Referee! This flight was a tribute to our friend Oliver “Butch” Mousseaux who died tragically from an on-ice officiating incident in March 2016. The flight reached 95,100 ft. and was recovered successfully after a 12 hour search due to our camera interference issue. Read More.
OLHZN-3 :: Viewfinder
May 28, 2016
This was the first flight to implement our Lightdow LD4000 HD Action Cameras and focused primarily on obtaining high quality photos and video of the entire flight. These new cameras introduced a troubling electromagnetic interference issue with our GPS Systems that we were unable to pinpoint until after OLHZN-4 which experienced the same issue. Read More.
OLHZN-1 :: The First Flight
April 23, 2016
The first flight was an introductory into high altitude weather balloon flights and our first test of our onboard flight computers. Sadly, this flight was lost and remains undiscovered due to the batteries being expended much earlier than anticipated. Read More.