Launching, tracking and flying high altitude weather balloons in the Rochester, NY area
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  • Atmospheric Weather Balloon

    $40.00$160.00 USD
    Launch your science experiment on a high altitude weather balloon made by Totex. The proceeds from your purchase help fund our educational initiatives to promote science and technology amongst students. Due to the sensitive nature of weather balloons, returns are not accepted on this product.
  • Experimental. These circuit boards are used by the OLHZN High Altitude Balloon team for high altitude weather balloon tracking. However, the circuit boards are considered experimental and may suffer from unforeseen errors or undiscovered technical deficiencies. An amateur radio license from the FCC is required to operate these in the United States and many other countries worldwide. Check your local governing body for details. Due to the experimental nature of these circuit boards, returns are not accepted on this product. The bare circuit board is the least expensive option, but you would need to purchase the assembly parts yourself. The source code, parts list and assembly instructions can be found at https://github.com/OverlookHorizon/OLHZN_Track If you want to have all the parts included or have the board pre-assembled for you, you may select those options too, if desired. They are not required, though. You can source the parts and build the entire board yourself for the lowest cost.
  • Rocketman Parachutes

    $52.00$97.50 USD
    We primarily use Rocketman Parachutes on our high altitude weather balloon flights.  They are excellent quality and perform well.  We have never experienced any tangling and do not need to add extra supports.  They conveniently have a loop at the top of the parachute to connect between your balloon and the parachute and a connection point at the bottom for your payload.  We recommend separating your balloon and parachute by at least 20 to 40 ft. to kite string to ensure the parachute isn't damaged during the balloon burst event.
    • Payload Recovery Parachutes are made of Low-porosity 1.1 Rip-stop Nylon.
    • No shock cord required
    • 4 shroud lines reduce chances of tangling
    • More stable than cross-form or conical chutes
    • Made in the USA
  • If you don't have an amateur radio license or want to have a backup system, the Spot 3 GPS Tracking System is a great option.  It's not quite as good as having an amateur radio tracking system, but it comes in a close second place.  The tracking system will generally stop operating above 60,000 FT., but will usually recover during the descent.  The best setups will place this GPS tracking device in a gimbal so that no matter which way the payload lands, the GPS tracking unit always points up towards the sky to get the best reception.  Note that this GPS tracking system requires an annual membership in addition to the device in order to get reception.
    • Motion Activated GPS Tracking Using Satellites
    • Extreme Tracking Even Where No Cell Service
    • USB Power Input, Longer Battery Life
    • Yearly Subscription Purchased Separately
  • After sealing your balloon with zip ties, use 2" wide electrical tape to cover the sharp edges so it doesn't poke the balloon!
    • Vinyl
    • ✔ STRETCHABLE - Tapix™ Electrical Tapes are made with highly-expansive vinyl which has a great stretch charcateristic, providing long-lasting insulation. Perfect for resolving professional electrical tasks or even minor wire damages at home.
    • ✔ MULTI-PURPOSE - It is not only used for repairing electrical issues, it is also great for preventing your pipes from freezing during winter season. Making it a good-quality and economical insulating tape.
    • ✔ ALL WEATHER - Our premium quality vinyl electrical tape has an excellent resistance to variety of weather conditions which can cause abrasion, moisture, alkalies, acids and copper corrosion. Making it a great-purchase product.
    • ✔ FLAME RETARDANT - Tapix™ Electrical Tapes are designed to be flame retardant which inhibits a delay in spreading fire when the product is exposed to flame. Our products are UL Listed and CSA Approved.
    • ✔ Tapix™ Brand is known worldwide with superior product quality and service!
  • Zip Ties

    $8.99 USD
    You'll need to some ties to seal the balloon after you've finish filling it.
    • GREAT TO KEEP AROUND: No matter if you’re mending fences or doing arts and crafts, zip ties can be your best friend. Bolt Dropper ties are the highest quality available on the market and we stand by our claim 100%. They are shiny, flexible and will support all of your projects.
    • TIES THAT YOU CAN DEPEND ON: Our cable ties are 12 inches long. The tensile strength is 40 pounds but when put to the test have succeeded in holding up to 20 pounds more without breaking! They can even hold up car parts securely! Our wire ties last for months and are great for both indoor and outdoor use. They are Fully UV Resistant.
    • EVEN MORE WAYS: Consider using your 12 inch cable ties to: ●Add tread to tires ●Secure your fire extinguisher ●Hold a splint together ●Tie tarp to trees when camping ●Repair broken straps ●Tie up clothing to keep bugs out while camping ●Hang things to a line ●Repair fencing doors + sheds until you can do a permanent fix ●repair equipment like a lawnmower, hose etc. ●Mark trail while hiking. Enjoy!
    • ENDLESS USES FOR YOUR NEW TIES: Your new zip ties can be used for many things like: ●Gardening ●To fly flags ●Organizing electrical wires and PC laptop cords ●Securing bike accessories ●Creating emergency restraints ●Attaching things to your gear like a flashlight ●Holding compressed clothing in place for tight spaces ●Securing suit case zippers during trips ●Creating a grab handle on bags and pouches ●Securing Bandages to add pressure to cut or wound.
    • LIFETIME GUARANTEE: We are so confident that our product is the best on the market that we offer a NO HASSLE LIFETIME GUARANTEE.
  • You'll need something to seal your payload box before you launch and also to hold you wires in place and out of the way.  Clear packaging tape works well for this purpose.
    • Scotch packaging tape unwinds smoothly and easily; resists splitting and tearing, adheres instantly and has a strong film backing
    • Extreme holding power for heavy tasks; adheres instantly, ideal for packaging overstuffed cartons
    • Meets US Postal Service regulations for standard packages, tape made in USA
    • Dispenser designed to ensure the tape will not fall back on the roll - Scotch brand's strongest clear-to-the-core packaging tape
  • Perfect for connecting your payload line to your payload when it's time to fly.
    • Material: Excellent metal material with electroplating treatment, high strength,corrosion resistance,anti- shock,corrosion resistance and anti- rust.
    • Flexible Rotating: Swivel in the case of force can also be flexible rotation, not hurt the fishing line and anti-winding.
    • Quick Connect: The connector snap can quickly connect a variety of fishing hooks, high speed trolling, jigging, offshore fishing.
    • Could be connected to any hooks and fishing rod, as well as soft bait and solid bait.
    • Total 200pcs fishing swivels connectors in a reusable plastic box, included #10(60PCS), #8( 60PCS), #6(30PCS), #4(30PCS), #2( 20PCS).
  • This is the perfect string to use on your balloon flights to connect your balloon, parachute and payload together.  It's lightweight and at/below the 50 LB threshold specified by FAA regulations.  It will hold together strong enough to last throughout your flight, but it's still weak enough to break it if you need to yank your payload out of a tall tree.  Pro Tip:  Apply Super Glue over any knots you tie to ensure they don't come undone during flight!
    • In the Breeze item #3425 - 50LB X 500 Foot Kite Spool!
    • REACH NEW HEIGHTS with this extra long, 500 foot, line. The spool is loaded with 50 pound, durable, twisted polyester kite line.
    • Comes in one of four ASSORTED BRIGHT COLORS; Blue, Red, Yellow or Green
    • This plastic spool includes an attached snap swivel
  • This compact, lightweight and economical radar reflector can provide better aviation safety throughout your flight by supplying a radar reflective surface on three perpendicular planes for radar visibility of your flight.
    • Compact, lightweight and economical
    • Disassembles and stows flat for storage
    • Opens to 11.5" diameter and installs in seconds
    • Three perpendicular planes reflect radar from all directions
    • Made of special plastic-metal foil laminate - resists corrosion and peeling
  • Perfect for insulating your cameras and electronics throughout an entire high altitude balloon flight.  No additional heating needed.
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    • Superior insulation
    • Durable
    • Recyclable
    • Economical
    • Manufactured with the highest degree of quality and integrity
  • Spherachutes Parachutes

    $34.99$124.99 USD
    We primarily use Rocketman Parachutes on our high altitude weather balloon flights.  They are excellent quality and perform well.  We have never experienced any tangling and do not need to add extra supports.  They conveniently have a loop at the top of the parachute to connect between your balloon and the parachute and a connection point at the bottom for your payload.  We recommend separating your balloon and parachute by at least 20 to 40 ft. to kite string to ensure the parachute isn't damaged during the balloon burst event.
    • Payload Recovery Parachutes are made of Low-porosity 1.1 Rip-stop Nylon.
    • No shock cord required
    • 4 shroud lines reduce chances of tangling
    • More stable than cross-form or conical chutes
    • Made in the USA