Monday, June 18, 2018

Mission NearSys 18H, a New Altitude Record

We'll the data is in. NearSys 18H flown with Mike Moody KD0MEQ reached an altitude of 124,798 feet. While that is not a record altitude for ARHAB, it is a record altitude for MOHAB and NearSys. Below is the graph of the right's altitudes.

The recovery site was the Swan Falls road south of Kuna, ID. And I mean it was the road. Since it was several hours before we tried to recover the payload, it had been found by a passing stranger and removed.

The near spacecraft carries two contact phone numbers and at this time, there have been no phone calls. Chase teams made up of S3 Systems, PENS, MOHAB, and NearSys thouroghly searched the area and found no signs of the payload.

Currently missing is a yellow parachute, two tracking modules ( KD0MEQ-11 and KD4STH-9), one near infrared camera, two visible light cameras, a Geiger counter, and a set of temperature sensors.

It's only been a few days and I am still hopeful we will receive a phone call from the party recovering the near spacecraft.

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