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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:21 am
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Post Nova 8 Dawn Launch a Great Success   Posted on: Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:21 am
Update - 29.08.08

Today the team had a very early start launching NOVA 8 at 4:07am. The payload consisted of three cameras and the Badger board plus the HAPS-D (High Altitude Photo System Dawn) was also carried. The aim of the flight was to test a new tracking system which combines wind speed data gathered during the ascent to update and refine the predicted landing site. This was a great success and the team were able to park and wait less than a kilometer from the final landing site. All the cameras functioned correctly providing some stunning images which can be found on our media page: http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~cuspaceflight/media.php

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Post    Posted on: Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:27 am
Congratulations guys!!! another great test flight!

Any more info coming?

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:40 am
Hello!

Yes, we had a good flight. We tested a program we've written that makes a trajectory prediction based on the GFS forecast, then dynamically updates it based on the live telemetry coming back. We decided to trust it, drove to its predicted landing site, and in the event, the payload landed 1km away. So we're very happy with the results.

James Canvin, of Martian Vistas (http://www.nivnac.co.uk/mer/index.php) very kindly produced this image from the raw camera data:

http://www.nivnac.co.uk/files/HAPSD_NOV ... uarter.jpg

The balloon reached a height of just shy of 33km. It was a very humid day, and we noticed a reduced radio signal strength as a result, but it still was well within decodable limits. Everything else went to plan! Dawn launches are good fun.

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Post    Posted on: Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:20 am
Congrats, guys. I wish I was back in Cambridge for some of this.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:35 am
That is a stunning panorama. Any idea what the stringy clouds right of the sun are? You can see that they're much higher than all the rest by the length of their shadow. The seem too chaotic to be aircraft contrails.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:09 am
The panorama is stunning!
Makes me think i would pay to see a view like that, not space but just a fantastic view! i wonder how much it would cost to go up that high and just enjoy the view!

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