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 2017 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
Remaining schedule for flights in 2017:
BASE 100 25 July 2017 10:00 AM EDT Tipton Schools, IN
BASE 101 1 August 2017 9:00 AM EDT DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana
BASE 102 5 August 2017 7:45 AM CDT SpaceJam 11 Jamboree Rantoul, Illinois
BASE 103 9 September 2017 12:15 PM EDT Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days Greencastle, Indiana
- 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