FS #5 Launch Update 2010-03-12 – Cancelled
The weather forecast for Saturday is not looking good and the launch of FS5 will be postponed for better weather conditions. Stay tuned for an new date. The first wave of a cut-off low pressure system zeroing in on Southern California passed yesterday with a lot of needed rain. The predictions are that this system […]
FS #5 launch update 2020-3-10
The primary launch date of March 14th is looking good. There is a large and wet weather system passing through southern California for the next few days, but the predictions are for sunny weather on Saturday March 14th 9AM out in the Mojave desert launch locations. The only major concern at this point is what […]
Flying Squirrel #5 launch date is set for March 14th 2020
Save the date. FS#5 is planned to launch on Saturday March 14th, 2020. If the weather conditions are not right on this date, Sunday March 22 will be the backup date. Launch time will be approximately 9AM to take advantage of calm winds at ground level. The launch will likely be in one of the […]
Flying Squirrel #5 – Getting ready for a March 2020 launch.
Its been a busy season around the Squirrel Engineering labs. But silently in the background Flying Squirrel #5 (FS5) has been taking shape. Based on a whole new radio telemetry design, FS5 is using APRS to relay data back to the ground. This has some major advantages over the HF signals sent by prior flying […]
The flight of FS4 and recovery!
FS4 launched at 10:09am PDT into light winds. The flight followed the predicted route very closely, however the balloon burst at 83,936 feet altitude. The prediction was for 100,000 feet. Had the balloon reached the predicted altitude it would have followed the route closely to the end. When the balloon burst, it was over the […]
FS4 Launch Day Flight Prediction
It looks like we will have very good flying weather. The prediction has remained about the same as prior runs and the surface winds at the time launch time 10AM PDT are light. Its a good day to fly! 73s de Don KJ6FO Please follow and like us:
FS4 Launch prediction June 16, 2019 – All “GO”
Today’s prediction is more of the same. And that is good news! All systems “GO” for launch tomorrow morning. I will do one last check early tomorrow, but usually there is little change in predictions this close to launch day. Stay Tuned.. 73s de Don KJ6FO Please follow and like us:
FS4 Launch prediction June 15th, 2019
Good morning Ground Squirrels! The upcoming Flying Squirrel #4 flight is only a few days away (June 17th). This mornings prediction run for flight time is looking about the same. Just like your local weather forecasts, the predictions are based on NOAA weather data and tend to get better and more “Stable” as you get […]
FS4 Launch Predictions as of June 14th 2019
Good morning Ground Squirrels! The upcoming Flying Squirrel #4 flight is only a few days away (June 17th) and as we get closer to the launch date flight prediction data, which is based on NOAA weather data, start becoming more reliable. Earlier in the week the predictions did not look good at all. The predictions […]
FS4 – Frozen Squirrels tell no tales. Keeping our payload cozy.
No one likes a rock-solid frozen squirrel, especially the squirrel. In order to keep our pilot warm we have to find a method to stay warm but not weigh the payload down too much for our lightweight mission goals. It is cold up there. FS3 climbed to 9,100m (just under 30,000 ft) before the signal […]