SXHAM1 High Altitude Balloon Flight

Sunday the 31st of May 2015 saw the launch of SXHAM1 – A high altitude balloon launched by Essex Ham member Chris Stubbs M6EDF.

The launch took place just after 1:30pm on a rather breezy afternoon at Shoebury East Beach, as part of the group’s informal get-together (See: May 31st at Shoebury East Beach).

Take a look at the following video to see the launch of the SXHAM1 high altitude balloon.

SXHAM1 – High Altitude Balloon Launch

High Altitude Balloons (HAB) are lots of fun – they’re great to see being launched, involve lots of technological experimentation, and although not a pure amateur radio activity, is something enjoyed by many hams who use their equipment to provide a tracking network.

SXHAM1 was a latex helium-filled balloon with a radio tracker and GPS unit, and is one of many successful flights launched by Chris. You can find out more about Chris’s flights here: chris-stubbs.co.uk

Final Flight preparations for SXHAM1
Final Flight preparations for SXHAM1
Chris M6EDF about to launch SXHAM1
Chris M6EDF about to launch SXHAM1

The YouTube video shows the launch, including a shot of the gathered crowds taken by newly licensed Dean Sullivan using a drone – Dean passed with SEARS just a few days prior to the balloon launch.

Aerial shot of the launch
Aerial shot of the launch (Thanks to Dean Sullivan)

The launch was filmed by Bob and Nick from TX Factor, an online TV show dedicated to amateur radio, and the feature is intended to be used to promote HAB and amateur radio to youngsters – Keep an eye on www.txfactor.co.uk to see Chris and the balloon launch in a future show.

Chris M6EDF being interviewed for TX Factor
Chris M6EDF being interviewed for TX Factor
Chris M6EDF tracking the progress just after launch
Chris M6EDF tracking the progress just after launch
SXHAM1 - Climbing well
SXHAM1 – Climbing well
Flight data for SXHAM1 - 31 May 2015
Flight data for SXHAM1 – 31 May 2015

The end of SXHAM1

The balloon finally ditched in the North Sea after flying for over 3 and a half hour. Tracking shows that the balloon reached a height of 87,500 feet, and travelled about 240km NE of the launch point.

Water landing for SXHAM1
Water landing for SXHAM1

Thanks to Chris Stubbs M6EDF for launching the balloon and helping to promote HAB and the hobby to the next generation of radio amateurs. Check out the following links for details on High Altitude Balloons and tracking.

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