Welcome to The Official
The Great Plains Super Launch is the premier conference for near space explorers and enthusiasts dedicated to the education and study of aerospace science via Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning.
Project: Traveler Project: Traveler is a research project of Custom Digital Services, LLC. Project: Traveler builds and flies amateur equipment to the edge of space.
What is Near Space?
Near space is that region of the atmosphere above 60,000 feet but below the accepted altitude of space, 328,000 feet. These altitudes make near space far more like earth orbit than the surface of the earth. Air pressure in near space reaches 99% of a vacuum or better. Air temperatures drop to a low of -60 degrees F or colder. Cosmic radiation is over 100 times greater than at sea level. Near space is located within the ozone layer and therefore is an environment of increased damaging ultraviolet radiation. Near space is reached by helium or hydrogen-filled weather balloons. Since it is far less expensive to send payloads into near space than earth orbit, organizations like NASA will send new designs into near space first, as a test.
GPSL 2010 Schedule
- Thursday, July 22 --
- 6:30 - Dinner at Ken's Pizza
- Friday, July 23 --
- 8:30 - Doors open at Cosmosphere to presenters/organizers only.
- 9:00 - Doors open to general public. A light breakfast and coffee will be available.
- 9:15 - Greetings and Introductions
- 9:30 - Session: "Balloon Flight Ionizing Radiation Estimate" by Jim Langsted from EOSS
- 10:00 - Session: "High Resolution Balloon Borne Spectrometer" by Jeff Daily from Taylor University
- 10:45 - Break
- 11:00 - Session: "ARBONET: Progress of Experiments in Communications and Control" by Michael Willett and Doug Loughmiller from ARBONET
- 11:45 - Lunch: Catered from the best BBQ joint in the midwest (www.roysbbq.com)
- 12:30 - Session: "Pre-burst Balloon Chaos by Howard Brooks from DePauw University
- 1:00 - Session: "Cosmic Rays" by Paul Verhage from NearSys
- 1:30 - Session: "Tracking Transmitters and Long Duration Flight" by Bill Brown
- 2:15 - Break
- 2:30 - Round Table: "Forming a National Balloon Organization" moderated by Zack Clobes from Project: Traveler
- 3:45 - Session: "Using UI-View for Balloons" by Brian Short
- 4:30 - Weather and Pre-flight Briefing
- 5:00 - BSA September Launch Team Meeting (you know who you are).
- 6:30pm - Dinner at Anchor Inn
- Saturday, July 24 --
- 7:30am GPSL Balloon Flight
- TBA Post-flight debriefing
- 6:30pm Victory Dinner @ Montana Mikes on East 30th
- Sunday, July 25 --
- Weather Day Launch
Expected 2010 Participants
- Near Space System (NearSys), Kansas
- Near Space Ventures (NSV), Missouri
- Amateur Radio Balloons Over North East Texas (ARBONET), Texas
- University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club (UTARC), Tennessee
- Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS), Colorado
- BASE - DePauw
- Dryden Engineering
- Oklahoma Research Balloons (ORB), Oklahoma
- (HARBOR) High Altitude Reconnaissance Balloon for Outreach and Research
- Project Traveler, Kansas
- Nick Stich - K0NMS, Kansas
- Bill Brown - WB8ELK, Alabama
- University of Minnesota
- Dryden Engineering is in Michigan
- BASE-DePauw is in Indiana
Links and The Past
Near Space Links
- Near Space Ventures, Inc.
- Edge Of Space Sciences
- Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio
- Oklahoma Research Balloons
- N Stich - K0NMS
- Near Space Systems
- Balloons Up Near Space
- Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments
- Taylor High Altitude Research Program
- Central Nebraska Near Space Program