Monthly Archives: November 2009

VE3REX-11 launch captured on video

Check out the video of the launch of VE3REX-11, the balloon that attained the second highest altitude ever recorded by an amateur balloon launch: 127, 933ft. That’s 39km straight up!!

Stay tuned for photos and news of future launches.


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LASA-6 recovered from Vermont forest

On November 8th, we launched two balloons (LASA missions 6 & 7). Callsign VE3REX-11 was our high altitude record attempt. It had an ultra-light payload and a large balloon. Callsign VE3LCA-11 was a photographic mission; secured within the rigid foam payload was a digital camera programmed to take photographs at regular intervals. We hoped it would capture images of near space. We also hoped we would recover the payload so that we could see the images! VE3LCA-11, aka LASA-7, reached an altitude of 110, 331 feet before bursting and drifting over the Green Mountains of Vermont and settling in the crown of a sugar maple…rather fitting, eh?

Ten days after launching the balloon, we recovered the payload and its precious photographic cargo. Follow this link to read the fascinating story of the recovery mission.

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LASA-7 launch reaches 127,933 feet!

On November 8th, our ragtag crew launched a hydrogen filled weather balloon in an attempt to beat the current amateur radio high altitude balloon record. We missed it by that much! Our balloon reached an astounding 127,933 feet, only 446 feet shy of the world mark. The U of Maryland retains its record…for now.

Stay tuned for more lighter than air fun.

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