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

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-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.

OLHZN-3: GoPro HD action cameras on a high altitude weather balloon

By |2021-03-12T17:27:47-05:00May 28th, 2016|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , |

OLHZN-3 was the third high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons. The launch date for this flight was Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 5:59:59pm EDT (21:59:59 UTC). The goal of the third flight was to further solidify recovery methods and obtain photos and videos above 80,000 ft. in altitude. We successfully achieved a maximum altitude of 98,492 ft. and have HD photos and videos of the entire flight!

OLHZN-2: Finding our high altitude weather balloon payload after launch

By |2020-03-28T17:57:12-04:00April 27th, 2016|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , , |

OLHZN-2 was the second high altitude weather balloon flight for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons that launched on May 7, 2016 at 11:56am EDT (15:56 UTC). The goal of the second flight was to solidify recovery methods and ensure sensor accuracy throughout the entire flight. This was the first flight that was successfully recovered!!!

OLHZN-1: Flying a high altitude weather balloon for the first time

By |2020-03-28T17:58:57-04:00April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Our Flights, Weather Balloons|Tags: , , , , |

OLHZN-1 was the first high altitude weather balloon flight attempt for Overlook Horizon High Altitude Balloons that took place on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The goal of the first flight was to get comfortable with the launch and recovery methods and to test all our systems. Sadly, the payload itself was lost and not recovered.

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