Saturday, April 5, 2008

SDG-10 on hold until Sunday

Due to a technical problem with the balloon, Soli Deo Gloria 10 is on hold until tomorrow evening. Sorry for the late notice - we were still hoping to launch tonight, but the predictions now show that we couldn't make landfall before the ballast is exhausted.

We will try again tomorrow evening. Also, it looks like we will be flying an APRS tracker after all - so we will be looking for European APRS users who would be willing to tune their radios down to 144.39 Mhz for a day or so.

More information tomorrow. Again, sorry for the late notice.


SDG-10 payload update

We will definitely fly the 10 metre beacon, transmitting CW on 29.499 Mhz. This beacon is identical to that flown on SDG-9, with the exception of one telemetry field.

If you are along the flight path shown below and can monitor 29.499 for us later tonight (for U.S. listeners) or the evening of 07 April (for European listeners), please do so!

Soli Deo Gloria 10 flight announcement

Tonight, at 0200 UTC on 06 April, we will launch Soli Deo Gloria 10. This flight is another trans-Atlantic attempt by KC8UCH and KA2QPG but, unlike previous attempts, this will be a zero-pressure flight with ballast drop.

The image to the right shows the trajectory predictions for this flight - we plan to fly along the blue line. The big dot near the end of each line (in Europe/Africa) represents 0000 UTC on 08 April - SDG-10 should be on the ground (or in the water) by then.

The big question at the moment is which payload we will be flying. It will either be an APRS tracker on 144.39 Mhz (which will require European stations to tune down to that frequency for us) or another 10 metre beacon on 29.499 Mhz. If you are in southern Europe (preferably southern Spain) and would be willing to tune your APRS station over to 144.39 for us, please let us know right away!

More details will be announced as we get closer to flight time. There's much to do between now and then....