For Balloon Missions Designed to reach between 90,000-110,000 feet

Introduction: “High Altitude Achievement” (HAA) is a project of the Gloversville NY Enlarged School District, providing high altitude balloon missions for students in Gloversville and surrounding areas. HAA also flies educational payloads for Teachers in Space, Inc. Our balloon missions typically last about 2 hours, rising over 90 minutes from the ground to an altitude between 90,000 and 110,000 feet depending on weather, on lift gas used, and other variables. At peak altitude the balloon bursts and the payload(s), attached by cable to a parachute, fall back to Earth. We use telemetry and radio communications to track the flight and touchdown of the payload. We typically recover the payload within 24 hours according to terrain in which it lands.

The success of your payload depends largely on the quality of your preparation. Please pack and crash test your payload carefully, paying particular attention to the following specifications:

1. Packed Payload must not exceed 6lbs. (2700g)
2. We can not free fall objects from any altitude. (FAA)
3. All electronics including tracking must meet all FCC and FAA regulations.
a. Link or checklist here
4. We use APRS for tracking purposes so any electronics must not interfere with our device. (1 watt VHF)
5. Payload can not have any explosive or volatile items.
6. Payload instructions should note orientation of flight.
7. With the exception of connections and electrical starts and stops payload should be shipped “ready to fly”
8. Payloads should be able to connect from bottom and top.These should be noted in diagram. Add illustration here
9. Payload should be fitted with connectors that will hook to lock ring connectors or loops.
10. A diagram of payload and its parts should be included, pictures of actual equipment is prefered.
11. Detailed startup and shutdown procedures for before and after flights.

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