PX4 on High Altitude Balloon


On Thursday July 18,2013 we are going to launch another balloon (2nd this year).

This time we are going to fly a PX4FPU and PX4IO board.

Along with our other stuff.

430 Mhz 3DR telemetry

900 Mhz 3DR telemetry

2 Byonics APRS tracking units. 10 watt output. See live track on APRS.FI and search for KE5VSH

Voltage, inside and outside temp sensors, output on APRS.FI

Live 1.5 watt video on 1.2 Ghz. Side outside view.

2 Muvie recording cameras. One pointed up the other down.

1 GoPro Hero 2 pointed to the side.

1 120 db sonaleart for location on recovery.

6 various size lipo batteries. 1000mwh to 6400 mwh

Fiberglass package made by our crew. Inside insulated with 1/2" foam.

BTW....can you believe I get PAID to do this ? (Student intern)

Package weighs about 9 lbs.

Balloon is 1500 gram. Filled with 2 big tanks of helium.

Here are some pics:

7/3/2013 balloon launch equipment


Some of the NEW 7/18/2013 launch equipment. Includes PX4IO and PX

3689535325?profile=originalMore pics of 7/18/2013 launch equipment:

3689535377?profile=original3689535349?profile=original3689535418?profile=originalI hope you enjoy the pics.

We will see if the PX4 holds up as well as the APM's that have flown before. Temps range from 90 F to 33 F inside and 90 F to -70 F outside. The balloon speed gets as high 107 mph on the last flight in the jetstream at ~ 35,000 ft. We have recovered all flight packages (11) so far. Hope to on this also.

Report after launch...and look on APRS.FI on 7/18/13.


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  • Look forward to the report

  • Developer

    Have you recovered the package yet, Any problems with access to Tribal land?

  • The launch will be at 9 AM from the Route 66 Casino parking lot west of Albuquerque.

    Predicted to land 10 miles south of Grants,NM 90Km away to the west.

    I will keep you posted.


  • The package looks great Dad!!  I like the new equipment, how you zip-tied the cameras, and I especially like the Sonaleart, because it's good for the team to hear the location of the package, AND good for me, because that way I don't have to wander the desert with the Kenwood HT and a huge directional antenna looking for where the telemetry signal strength is strongest. I mean I really don't mind doing that, but hey, I like the sound of the buzzer, who doesn't. LOL :D  Also, I look forward to the next launch :)  --Jean-Luc--

  • We think we saw the bird strike and the lowest black box package falling!



  • Awesome job! Can't wait to see the results. I am on the same path. Launched my first balloon in April. My PX4 will be on my second as well.
  • Look forward to the video 



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