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Tracking was achieved using two separate pieces of technology. Our primary tracker was an APRS tracker which broadcast its position via short wave. At altitude, this signal could be received by short wave radio operators all over southern New Brunswick. The positional data was ported
, which allowed us to graphically follow the progress of the capsule.
Secondary tracking was provided by a SPOT tracker. This is a commercial device, usually carried by hikers to allow them to provide updates of their location to the web. The SPOT tracker reported its position every 10 minutes.
Each device was chosen for a particular strength. the APRS tracker was able to provide real time position information and could track to a very high altitude without loss of signal. In addition, even when on the ground, the APRS was detectable by amateur radio operators with mobile radio systems. The spot device, being a commercial device was easy to use. In addition, since it was satellite based, it should be able to broadcast its position from anywhere in the world. Other projects have utilized cell phone technology to track their payloads, but due to the rural nature of New Brunswick, it was decide that the risk of landing in an area without cell coverage was too great to employ this method
Here is a computer generated picture from the coordinates and altitude taken from the APRS tracking system.
Actual Flight Path and Elevation
And here is a graph of the elevation recorded.
The highest altitude recorded was 33 134m (108 710ft)
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