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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-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-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-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-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.

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