Space Systems Laboratory


UPDATE: HAMSTER-3(D) flight was successful this morning, we had a lot of participation from the HAM community and we’d like to thank everyone for the help. Recovery is under way, it will be interesting to see the 3D footage balloon burst from the cameras onboard. Again, thanks on behalf of the SSL. -Joshua Evans KK4AJI

HAMSTER -3(D) (High Altitude Multi-payload Student Teaching and Educational Resource) is Kentucky Space’s latest high-altitude balloon mission, and will launched on November 19, 2011. Its payload, a Panasonic 3D-HD video camera, flew at the top of the flight string to catch dramatic views of Earth and the other payloads below. HAMSTER-3(D) also carried a small video camera to observe the balloon during flight, and a still shot camera to view the horizon.

HAMSTER-3(D) also invited the amateur radio community to become involved! A simplex voice repeater was flown on HAMSTER-3(D), as well as standard payloads such as an APRS and CW beacon. Information for each of these are provided below:

Amateur Radio Repeater: 3W Simplex 447.150 MHz

APRS Position Beacon: 300mW 144.390 MHz, callsign KJ4ZVJ-11

CW Morse Code Beacon: 1oomW 146.565 MHz

Launch Information:

Launch Location Date Time GPS Coordinates
Jacobson Park
4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd.
Lexington, KY 40509
November 19, 2011 10:00am EST 37.986391, -84.424998


APRS Tracking:

APRS Tracking for HAMSTER-3(D)

SPOT Tracking:

SPOT GPS Tracking for HAMSTER-3(D)

Whitestar Tracking:

Whitestar Tracking Link

Flight String Configuration: