GPSL 2012 was a success, 5 flights all recovered intact in western Iowa
See breaking GPSL 2012 news first on Twitter: http://twitter.com/superlaunch
Glenwood HS in Iowa chosen as Saturday's launch site, launches will begin about 0730 CT
Link to tracks for all APRS payloads here
GPSL 2012 Photo Album
Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio will host the twelfth annual Great Plains Super Launch (GPSL) on June 7-10, 2012, in Omaha, Nebraska. Amateur Radio high-altitude ballooning groups from around the nation will attend this event for a conference and a mass balloon launch.
For greater Omaha, numbered streets are north/south starting near the Missouri River and are 12 blocks per mile - I-680 is about 114th St and "west Omaha" generally refers to locations west of this line. Dodge Street is the major east/west artery through the center of the city, I-80 is to the south of the city center. Other major east/west streets are Pacific, Center, L, and Q Streets. Most of the city is laid out on a grid with few diagonals making navigation fairly easy.
The Ak-Sar-Ben ARC has offered use of the 146.94- repeater to GPSL attendees. This is a wide-area repeater which covers the entire metro area including the prospective launch sites. It is also the Douglas County ARES/Skywarn repeater.
Other area repeaters:
- 145.29- (Glenwood IA, can be linked to other SW Iowa systems)
- 145.31- (Ashland NE - good coverage around museum)
- 145.235- (Papillion NE - wide area with remote receivers)
- 443.775- (Gretna NE - off the air)
- 146.76- (Lincoln NE - wide area coverage, Lancaster Co Skywarn)
Lift gas for GPSL 2012
Hydrogen will be used due to lack of helium availability.
Thursday, June 7th
10am: Nebraska Space Grant Workshop balloon launch at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. This is not part of the GPSL festivities, but anyone already in town is welcome to come out to the launch and/or help chase.
1-5 pm: Guided tour of the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, NE (just off I-80 Exit 426, about 25 miles southwest of Omaha). GPSL attendees will receive a discounted admission of $6 for adults and $3 for children.
7-9 pm: Early arrivals dinner at the Upstream Brewing Co. (171st and West Center Road, Omaha)
Friday, June 8th
All Friday events will be at Arbor Hall Omaha, 14040 Arbor St [near 144th St and Center St]
Admission for the Friday sessions will be $50 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the hall. Coffee, iced tea, and water will be available through the day. Additional dinner tickets for spouses, etc., can be purchased for $20. If you don't want to attend the Friday dinner, the cost for breakfast, lunch, and the sessions will be $30. My wife arranges her professional meetings at Arbor Hall regularly and says the food and service is outstanding, and this is a very reasonable price for the total package. It will also be very convenient to have everything in one location Friday to minimize wasted time driving.
25 Years of ARHAB
Flight from Coors Field
Video Stabilization Techniques
Using BalloonSats for Education Research
Ham, turkey, roast beef build your own sandwiches
ARHAB.org and Records Page
Long-duration Floater Techniques
DF Beacon Kits
On-air payload time slot verification
Herb crusted chicken
Fork tender roast beef with demi glaze
Asiago mashed potatoes
Fresh steamed vegetables
Salad with dressing
Rolls and butter
Chef choice dessert
Saturday, June 9th
Sunday, June 10th
Other area attractions
Durham Western Heritage Museum (just south of downtown area). This used to be Omaha's Union Pacific train station, now converted to a museum. Lots of exhibits from the late 1800s and early 1900s. A must see for history buffs or rail fans.
Casinos are located just across the river in Council Bluffs, IA. The "Old Market" in the downtown area has a wide selection of small shops and restaurants all in walking distance. Other nearby shopping centers include Oak View Mall (just south of Arbor Hall), Village Pointe (168th and Dodge), L Street Marketplace (108th to 132nd on L St) and Westroads (102nd and Dodge).