Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) is pleased to announce the flights of ANSR-112/ASCEND!-28 and ANSR-113/ASCEND!-29. These high altitude balloon flights will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. and 9:30 A.M. respectively. The baseline launch site will be the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center, near Maricopa, AZ (33 deg 04.42 min, 111 deg 58.97 min). The final launch site choice will depend on the predicted winds aloft. Watch for additional announcements prior to launch day.

Both balloons will be a 3000-gram latex weather balloons, filled with helium. The expected burst altitude will be 90,000 feet or more. The flights are anticipated to last about 2.5 hours from launch to touchdown.

These flights will be the 28th and 29th in a series of ASCEND! flights sponsored by the NASA/AZ Space Grant Consortium. The payloads will contain a variety of scientific apparatus designed and constructed by students from Arizona colleges and universities. Participating schools include the Phoenix College, Estrella Mountain Community College, Glendale Community College, Central Arizona College, Pima Community College, Arizona State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and the University of Arizona. Additional information about the ASCEND! program can be found at

APRS Beacons will transmit position information for each balloon on 144.34 MHz and 445.925 MHz as KA7NSR with a dash number. Both will carry backup CW beacons on 147.515 MHz and Mode C Transponders as well. Call signs and -SSIDs will be published closer to the flight day. Our mobile cross band Digipeater will repeat locally the beacons' APRS data to the 144.390 MHz standard APRS frequency and subsequently will be I-GATED to the Internet for out-of-area trackers. You can track the flight using the link:

Be sure to check "Announcements tab" or for updates to this announcement prior to the flight.

Clayton Jacobs, KJ6QJS
VP, Arizona Near Space Research

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