|Launch Date||3 January 2009 10:37:38 UTC|
|Launch Lat, Lon||52.252828, -0.09185|
|Landing Date||3 January 2009 13:11:42 UTC|
|Landing Lat, Lon||51.05447, 0.932895|
|Flight Duration||2:34:04 (hh:mm:ss)|
|Total Distance||150.81 km|
|Max Altitude||35,289 m (35.289 km)|
|Average Ascent Rate||5.31 m/s|
|Average Descent Rate||14.06 m/s|
|Max Descent Rate||62.5 m/s (225 km/h)|
|Impact Speed||5.80 m/s|
|Payload Mass||0.540 kg|
|Total Mass||2.04 kg|
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It was a very cold and frosty morning, minus one degrees on the car temperature sensor, when I arrived at EARS. EARS stands for East Anglian Rocketry Society whose location is in a field in Cambridgeshire. I was not relishing the thought of working outside, filling the balloon and tying up lines with icy cold fingers. James and Steve arrived just after me and we quickly got the kit unloaded. I set about testing the payload and making sure that all the electronics were functioning correctly. James set about making a weight out of water bottles to test the free lift of the balloon and Steve sorted out a parachute for the payload.
There was a bug in the GPS NMEA parsing which meant that leading zeros after the decimal point were being omitted. This caused some problems initially in tracking the payload until the problem was identified and manual corrections made to the telemetry. Thank you James Coxon and Laurence for tracking and debugging.
The landing was 2 miles from Dover which is a real bugger to get to from Cambridge and not to mention the drive home to Leeds.
Lessons learnt and improvement in the future
DONE – Fix GPS code to leave in leading zeros after DP (ie 0.9987 should be 0.009987)
DONE – Fix Temp code to remove – sign on the DP part (ie -18.-9 should be -18.9)
DONE – Include an external temperature sensor