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Launching, tracking and flying high altitude weather balloons in the Rochester, NY area

Top 5 Questions for a Weather Balloon Engineer

By |2020-03-26T20:22:00-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

Flying weather balloons is not exactly a super popular hobby so when I run into people whether it's at a personal event or a work event or something I'm actually doing with weather balloons people like to ask a lot of questions so let's get some of those answered today!

OLHZN-22: Using circular polarized antennas on a weather balloon

By |2020-03-28T18:38:41-04:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , |

OLHZN-22 is the twenty second high altitude weather balloon flight planned for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight is scheduled to launch in Spring 2020 from the Canandaigua, NY. This flight will be the third flight attempt for our new live video transmission system to obtain and view live video from an on-board camera while the balloon and payload is in-flight.

OLHZN-21: NHL Vegas Golden Knights Highest Puck Drop Record

By |2020-03-27T09:15:25-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-21 was the twenty-first high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on September 23, 2019 at 2:51:40pm PDT (21:51:40 UTC) from Las Vegas, NV. This flight was a top-secret collaboration project with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights to honor the “opening knight” of their third hockey season on October 2, 2019 against the San Jose Sharks and set a new VGK Worldwide Record for the Highest Altitude Puck Drop.

OLHZN-20: Launching a YouTube Silver Play Button for Just Dustin

By |2020-03-27T11:06:56-04:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-20 was the twentieth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on September 5, 2019 at 7:35:06am EDT (11:35:06 UTC) from Canandaigua, NY. This flight was a top-secret collaboration project with popular YouTuber, Just Dustin. Dustin contacted us in August 2019 and originally wanted to fly his YouTube Gold Play Button to the edge of space and back and film it. We discussed numerous possibilities and setups and ultimately decided, due to the massive weight of the Gold Play Button, it would be best to operate a flight with his Silver Play Button instead.

OLHZN-19: Improving live video from a high altitude weather balloon

By |2020-03-27T11:09:32-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

OLHZN-19 was the nineteenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons.  This flight is launched on August 2, 2019 at 8:30am EDT (12:30UTC) from Farmington, NY. This flight was the second flight attempt for our new live video transmission system to obtain and view live video from an on-board camera [...]

OLHZN-18: Receiving live video from a high altitude weather balloon

By |2020-03-27T11:09:57-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , |

OLHZN-18 was the eighteenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on July 25, 2019 at 10:00am EDT from the Canandaigua, NY area. This flight debuted our new live video transmission system to obtain and view live video from an on-board camera while the balloon and payload was in-flight. This new video was also featured in our live launch-day broadcasts so viewers could see and follow along with the flight live.

OLHZN-17: Testing Arduino LoRa radio cutdown for weather balloons

By |2020-03-27T11:10:51-04:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , |

OLHZN-17 was the seventeenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on June 24, 2019 at 11:37:41am EDT (15:37:41 UTC) from the Rochester, NY area. This flight debuted our new recovery cut-down system that was placed on board the flight and made ready and available to automatically cut the payload free if it became entangled in an obstruction (i.e. a really tall tree) upon landing.

OLHZN-16: Launching a sunrise weather balloon over the NY Finger Lakes

By |2020-03-27T11:13:47-04:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , |

OLHZN-16 was the sixteenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on September 5, 2018 at 4:48am EDT (08:48 UTC) during the early morning sunrise hours over the Rochester, NY area. This flight again used three Lightdow LD4000 Cameras to capture the early morning footage, including one upwards facing camera recording the balloon footage.

OLHZN-15: Flying the Space Lobster on a weather balloon

By |2020-03-27T11:16:23-04:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , |

OLHZN-15 was the fifteenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on August 6, 2018 at 8:00am EDT (12:00 UTC) and featured our brave Space Lobster on-board as our second on-board mascot. Previously, our Space Referee launched on OLHZN-4. This flight used three Lightdow LD4000 Cameras to document the journey to the edge of space and back which will give us one view with the Space Lobster clearly in view, another view without the Space Lobster and a third view of the balloon.

OLHZN-14: Flying a solargraphy Solarcan on a weather balloon

By |2020-03-28T10:11:28-04:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

OLHZN-14 was the fourteenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on June 18, 2018 at 1:02:19pm EDT (17:02:19 UTC). The flight utilized two Lightdow LD4000 Cameras, our large tracking computer and our new rebuilt micro-payload to resolve damage incurred on the landing of OLHZN-12. This flight also featured a commercial payload customer from The Solarcan as well as some student BalloonSat experiments on-board from local schools.