To see if the payload is capable of receiving data from the ground and if so how clearly?
|Launch Date||12 April 2009 08:55:29 (09.55.29 BST)|
|Landing Date||12 April 2009|
|Average Descent Rate||Unknown|
|Max Descent Rate|
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Testing of bug fixes in the on board telemetry code and uplink on 169MHz Unusual early bust at 24K. Perhaps too much handling on the ground or over inflation.
Payload lost at approximately 6km from the ground when there appears to have been a total power failure. This was preceeded by several resets of the system before radio scilence. Payload is currently lost and I’m waiting patiently for a phone call.
Lessons learnt and improvement in the future
It was interesting to note that with the camera on board and operating every few minutes the internal temperature of the payload remained above 0 degrees C. A secondary backup transmitter would probably have saved the day. In all likelyhood antannae twisting probably caused the power cable to snap.