Night Flight mission flights

LAST MISSION: March 6, 1998 - Flight north to Lexington , KY - Conducting initial ops testing of slow-scan hardware package undergoing development for deployment on Russian MIR space station.

March 6, 1998

With W4HTB, launched to 6,500 feet north to Lexington. The purpose of this flight was to test the hardware being developed by W4HTB, W9NTP, W8ZCF and others for the MIREX space station SSTV project. Images were sent, received, and repeated on 2 meter FM using the Robot 36 mode. Because of the substantially reduced bandwidth required for SSTV (still images), range was almost double that of 439 mhz NTSC. Here are some of the pics thanks to W8ZCF:




The equipment (less Hank's PIC-based controller): MIR equipment package

November 1997

With W4HTB, Hank as co-pilot, we launched to 9,500 feet VFR. Flight approached Cinncinnatti, with stations in five states worked Video mode. W8ZCF e-mailed us received images (on main page).

August 1997

The operational area map for this first flight is shown. On the agenda are flights into Ohio, Illinois, and south Tennessee. Although capable of weather flying operation, clear weather simplifies things; mission schedules posted on this page will therefore be tentative.

August 30 flight map The initial flight was launched at 0115 utc, August 30. Excellent weather permitted operation under visual flight rules. W4HTB made the necessary announcements to several other regional ATV stations on very short notice. Many stations were worked in four states, able to read the ID graphic, the live cockpit camera video being more difficult. See below for typical range..
Coverage map based upon empirical data