On Wednesday 27th January Andrew Garratt M0NRD, Chairman of the South Kesteven Amateur Club, gave an interesting and informative presentation on how to fly high altitude balloons. Of particular interest was the “Pig in Space” balloon launched at last year’s National Hamfest and the earlier Eggsplorer-1 “Egg in Space” mission.
Andrew described the processes involved in design of the payload and trackers. He also described how to prepare for a flight, obtaining clearance and everything involved in predicting the flight, tracking it and retrieving it.
The pictures below show the preparations for the launch, the launch and pig in ‘space’ and the retrieved balloon and payload.