The Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments (BASE) project is operated under the Physics & Astronomy Department at DePauw University with Dr. Howard Brooks.
Presently, the program uses high altitude weather balloons to carry scientific experiments into the stratosphere. Plans are under development to use alternative balloon materials to allow for extended duration flights.
The experiments are designed by DePauw students and by students at various schools in West Central Indiana. The primary communications and support system was purchased from StratoStar Systems. Radios operating in the amateur radio bands also relay positional information obtained from the Global Positioning Satellite network to tracking teams on the ground.
BASE 92 April 27 - from Greencastle Middle School, IN. Landed near Shipshewana, IN Burst altitude: 29.9 km
BASE 93 7 June - LaunchingINquiry.com from Fishers, IN. Landed southside of Indianapolis. Burst altitude: 27.9 km
BASE 94 17 June - Great Plains Superlaunch Hutchison, KS Landed in Newton, KS. Burst altitude: 31.3 km
BASE 95 22 June - from Northmont Schools. Landed near Tipton, IN. Solar cell test. Burst altitude: 31 km
BASE 96 6 July from Northmont Schools. Landed near Thorntown, IN New Geiger array test Burst altitude: 27 km
BASE 97 17 July from DePauw University. Landed south of Jasonville, IN. Balloon cutdown test Burst altitude: 27 km
BASE 98 20 July from Tipton Schools, IN. Landed near Spiceland, IN. Double balloon cutdown test. Burst altitude: 31 km
BASE 99 24 July from Cascade Schools, Hendrick County, IN Landed at SR 144 and Centerline Road, Johnson County, IN. Burst altitude: 28 km
BASE 100 25 July from Tipton Schools, IN. First successful cutdown at pre-programmed altitude. Landed near SR 234 and CR 600 E, Hancock County, IN. Cutoff altitude: 21 km
BASE 101 1 August from DePauw. Landed 2.3 miles southwest of launch site. First tandem balloon launch. First balloon cutaway at 16 km to slow ascent rate. Burst altitude: 30.4 km
BASE 102 5 August from SpaceJam 11 in Rantoul, IL. Landed on eastern shore of Cagles Mill Lake in the Lieber State Recreation Area. Burst altitude: 34 km
BASE 103 9 September from the Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days Greencastle, Indiana. Landed near Cunot, IN. Balloon separated from the payload at 9 km
Upcoming flights (date to be determined)
Brooks School Elementary, Fishers, IN - two flights for science club
Thorpe Creek Elementary, Fishers, IN - flight with 3rd grade class
- A brochure describing the program
- Cambridge Space Flight flight prediction webpage
- S3Research Flight Predictor webpage
- BASE You Tube Channel
- Some flight profiles are available from Google Earth (select your flight(s) under "Places")
- Live Tracking at: aprs.fi/w9yj-11 or map.findu.com/w9yj-11