Weather Balloon Project

(10/20/2015)
The University of Akron Amateur Radio Club along with faculty and students, will be designing a communications system and data gathering weather balloon project.

Objective
  • Launch a weather balloon carrying a payload that includes a UHF/VHF repeater
  • Imagery via Rasberry Pi microprocessor
  • Temperature, Pressure, Altitude ,Light Sensor via microprocessor
  • GPS tracking system
  • Designing specific UHF and VHF antennas for high altitude.
Experimentation and Calculations
  • We need to mathematically calculate the lift velocity and acceleration of the weather balloon with the given payload weight. Calculations will involve balloon diameter, helium/hydrogen gas factor, payload weight, ect.
  • Once the balloon pops at a certain altitude, we will also need to calculate terminal velocity of the payload.
  • Design a parachute deployment system
  • Light weight reflector
Notes:
Possible gps system : https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11858
Online Calculations Website - http://www.highaltitudescience.com/pages/balloon-performance-calculator
Repeater