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

OLHZN-13: Recovering a weather balloon payload from a forest

By |2020-03-28T15:48:51-04:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-13 was the thirteenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on May 28, 2018 at 3:21pm EDT (19:21 UTC) and carried 3 onboard Lightdow LD4000 Cameras along with our new micro-payload that was introduced on OLHZN-10. This flight also utilized our new on-board landing prediction software that was introduced on OLHZN-12 and allows the payload to provide predictions of its own landing site ahead of time and relay that information to the ground crew (and anyone following our live flight map) to get our chase team as close as possible to the landing site as the balloon descended.

OLHZN-12: Using a guitar string as an APRS weather balloon antenna

By |2020-03-28T15:32:29-04:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , |

OLHZN-12 was the twelfth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on May 26, 2018 at 12:03pm EDT (16:03 UTC) and carried 3 onboard Lightdow LD4000 Cameras along with our new micro-payload that was introduced on OLHZN-10. This flight also debuted our new on-board landing prediction software that had the payload provide predictions of its own landing site ahead of time and relay that information to the ground crew (and anyone following our live flight map) to get our chase team as close as possible to the landing site as the balloon descended.

OLHZN-11: Upgrading our Arduino Mega weather balloon sensors

By |2020-03-28T15:47:45-04:00April 29th, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-11 was the eleventh high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight occurred on April 29, 2018 at 3:01pm EDT (19:01 UTC). The focus of this flight was to test our updated large radio tracking systems to ensure that our repairs we made after last year’s flights are performing as expected.

OLHZN-10: Arduino Pro Mini APRS Weather Balloon Tracking System

By |2020-03-28T09:31:47-04:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

OLHZN-10 was the tenth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on March 21, 2018 at 4:00pm ET (20:00 UTC). The focus of this flight was to test our new miniature Arduino Pro Mini radio tracking system. This new micro-system is intended to allow us more flexibility for future flights. We intend to use this system for multiple purposes due to it’s inexpensive nature.

OLHZN-9: Flying a weather balloon during the Solar Eclipse

By |2020-03-28T15:52:21-04:00August 21st, 2017|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-9 was the ninth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight occurred on August 21, 2017 at exactly 1:10:00pm ET (17:10 UTC) during the total solar eclipse in the United States. The focus of this flight was to capture video footage of the solar eclipse shadows as well as to solidify our radio tracking systems to ensure that our repairs we made on OLHZN-8 are still working well.

OLHZN-8: Capturing video of a high altitude weather balloon bursting

By |2020-03-28T15:55:51-04:00August 1st, 2017|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

OLHZN-8 was the eighth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on August 1, 2017 at exactly 10:00:00am ET (14:00:00 UTC). The focus of this flight was to have a short recovery distance and we were also looking to resolve our radio positioning broadcast issues that occurred on OLHZN-7. We thought we had this resolved once and for all after OLHZN-5 successfully transmitted throughout the entire flight, but this issue returned unexpectedly on the last flight due to some voltage drops that occurred when the radio transmitter began its broadcast.

OLHZN-7: Flying a high altitude weather balloon at sunset

By |2020-03-28T16:02:41-04:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

OLHZN-7 was the seventh high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight occurred launch on July 17, 2017 at 5:30:08pm ET (21:30:08 UTC). The focus of this flight was to have a short recovery distance and we were also looking for interesting wind patterns for this flight. Additionally, since our balloon facing camera failed early on OLHZN-6, we reused the main OLHZN-6 objective, which was to obtain video of the balloon burst event.

OLHZN-6: Adding a camera facing up at our weather balloon

By |2020-03-28T16:05:42-04:00May 20th, 2017|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-6 was the sixth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on May 20, 2017 at 1255pm ET (16:55 UTC) from Canandaigua Academy. This flight featured our first upward facing (balloon facing) camera that was intended to record the moment of the balloon burst in slow motion as well as the parachute performance during the descent phase.

OLHZN-5: Extremely close airplane flyby past weather balloon

By |2020-03-28T16:12:18-04:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-5 was the fifth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight launched on March 26, 2017 at exactly 12:25:27pm EDT (16:25:27 UTC) and featured some tech changes to our tracking apparatus to resolve our radio tracking issues that we experienced on OLHZN-3 and OLHZN-4. This flight debuted our newly designed custom circuit boards for better reliability and to eliminate possible problems on launch day.

OLHZN-4: Celebrating the life of Butch Mousseaux via a weather balloon

By |2020-03-28T16:17:26-04:00August 20th, 2016|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , , , |

OLHZN-4 was the fourth high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. This flight featured our first onboard astronaut in front of one of the flight cameras. We named our astronaut and this flight “Butchy” in honor of our friend, Oliver “Butch” Mousseau who tragically passed away earlier this spring after a head injury he sustained while officiating.