Launching, tracking and flying high altitude weather balloons in the Rochester, NY area
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Flight Statistics2018-06-20T11:08:30+00:00

Flight Statistics

This is a collection of statistics and data from our high altitude weather balloon flights to help visualize and compare our findings.

Flight Date Payload Mass Balloon Size +Lift Amount Helium Volume Ascent Rate Burst Altitude Ascent Time Descent Rate Descent Time Landing Dist. Notes
OLHZN-1 April 23, 2016 1152g 600g 717g 88.76 cu. ft. 4.53 m/s 89,665 ft. 100 min 4.47 m/s (expected) 39 min (expected) Transmitter ceased operation 20 minutes into flight due to insufficient battery. Payload lost.
OLHZN-2 May 7, 2016 1521g 600g 493g 93.97 cu. ft. 3.68 m/s 90,141 ft. 119 min 6.4 m/s 36 min 17.6 mi Radio transmitter failed & power cycled for last 15 minutes
OLHZN-3 May 28, 2016 1496g 600g 771g 103.07 cu. ft. 4.47 m/s 98,492 ft. 110 min 7.92 m/s 34 min 19.0 miles Radio transmitter failed entire flight due to electromagnetic interference from new cameras
OLHZN-4 August 20, 2016 1546g 600g 773g 104.94 cu. ft. 4.45 m/s 95,100 ft. 100 min 7.6 m/s 33 min 18.22 miles Radio transmitter failed entire flight due to electromagnetic interference from cameras
OLHZN-5 March 26, 2017 1596g 800g 370g 95.1 cu. ft. 2.93 m/s 102,544 ft. 176 min 7.22 m/s 35 min 72.27 miles Landed on power lines
OLHZN-6 May 20, 2017 1685g 800g 1360g 132.3 cu. ft. 5.03 m/s 91,462 ft. 91 min 6.03 m/s 35 min 52.73 miles Radio transmitter power cycled for 7 minutes during descent, but recovered
OLHZN-7 July 17, 2017 1685g 1200g 440g 114.4 cu. ft. 3.29 m/s 106,427 ft. 134 min 6.2 m/s 35 min 24 miles Radio transmitter power cycled continuously starting 60 minutes into flight.
OLHZN-8 August 1, 2017 1615g 1200g 751g 122.7 cu. ft. 4.2 m/s 109,102 ft. 125 min 5.45 m/s 38 min 5.01 miles 1st near-perfect flight. Radio transmitter power cycled for last 30 seconds. Caught the payload on landing!
OLHZN-9 August 21, 2017 1650g 1500g 568g 127.9 cu. ft. 3.6 m/s 112,506 ft. 136 min 6.8 m/s 33 min 58.05 miles Solar eclipse flight. Radio transmitter locked up & froze 45 minutes into flight
OLHZN-10 March 21, 2018 100g 200g 370g 23 cu. ft. 5.0 m/s 64,388 ft. 73 minutes 1st experimental micro-payload. Transmitter ceased operation shortly after balloon burst due to detached antenna. Payload lost.
OLHZN-11 April 29, 2018 1495g 1500g 747g 136.9 cu. ft. 4.08 m/s 105,798 ft. 131 minutes 7.58 m/s 33 min 47.81 miles 1st flawless main flight computer performance.  Micro-payload failed due to detached antenna.
OLHZN-12 May 26, 2018 1659g 1500g 1294g 146.9 cu. ft. 5.19 m/s 110,199 ft. 107 minutes 6.33 m/s 40 min 42.73 miles Flawless flight computer performance for both the main and micro. Debut of new landing prediction software.
OLHZN-13 May 28, 2018 1659g 1200g 1358g 149.1 cu. ft. 5.29 m/s 101,954 ft. 97 minutes 6.43 m/s 39 min 49.66 miles Flawless main flight computer performance.  Micro-payload failed prior to launch due to hard impact on OLHZN-12 landing.
OLHZN-14 June 18, 2018 1805g 1000g 2773g 196 cu. ft. 6.30 m/s 102,828 ft. 82 min 8.08 m/s 31 min 42.21 mi Flawless flight computer performance for both the main and micro. Excellent landing prediction performance. Guest payloads also flown on-board.
OLHZN-15 July 2018