Re: Apex III Launch 1
This is the official notification for the upcoming launch of Project Apex’s latest payload, Apex III, on Wednesday 29th February 2012 from Churchill College, Cambridge. We aim to launch at around 16:00 GMT; however, the exact time will depend on the weather conditions on the day and pre-launch testing.
The team is based at Sutton Grammar School for Boys in Sutton, Surrey and this is the fifth launch by the team. Information on this payload can be found primarily on our wiki, http://wiki.apexhab.org/Apex_III, and in the project image gallery: http://gallery.apexhab.org/index.php/Apex-III.
We would be grateful for anyone able to help with the tracking of the payload during its flight. The downlink details are as follows:
- Listen on AM SSB; USB
- 434.650 MHz
- Shift: 425
- Baud: 300 and 50 alternating (2×300, 1×50 baud on every fifth packet)
- Format: 8 bits per char, no parity, 2 stop bits
- Decoding: Select the APEX payload in dl-fldigi. This defaults to 300 baud; you must switch to 50 baud manually if you wish to decode the 50 baud transmissions. It is possible to decode both without manually changing every time by opening two instances of dl-fldigi.
We hope to retrieve the payload immediately and current predictions show it landing North East of Cambridge and hopefully by launching later in the day, we may get some excellent dusk photos on the descent.
For latest information and updates on the launch date, keep an eye on our Twitter account (http://twitter.com/apexhab) and for the #apexhab hashtag. We will also be on IRC following up to the launch and throughout it. The channel is #apexhab on irc.freenode.net (and also on #highaltitude). Members on IRC throughout the launch will include priyesh, danielsaul and jonsowman. Also, don’t forget to check the project website for updates: http://www.apexhab.org.
Get in contact with the team by using the team mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org. Write-ups of the project, photographs and videos will be available at the project website (http://www.apexhab.org) after the launch.
Priyesh Patel & Daniel Saul
On behalf of the Apex Team