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 weather balloons to carry scientific experiments into the stratosphere. The experiments are designed by DePauw students and by students at various schools in West Central Indiana. The communications and support system was purchased from StratoStar Systems.
BASE 86 was flown on 5 May 2016 from Greencastle Middle School (with 8th Grade science classes). The balloon reached 88,000 feet and the landing was in southern Martin County, Indiana on the edge of the Hoosier National Forest.
BASE 87 was flown on 18 May 2016 from the Julian Science Center at DePauw. The initial testing of the Geiger Counter Array was successful. The balloon reached 106,000 feet and the payload landed near the Blue River southwest of Carthage, Indiana.
Upcoming flights include:
BASE 88 is planned for 8 June 2016 at 8:15 AM EDT from the Julian Science Center as part of the Math-Science Partnership Workshop.
BASE 89 on 18 June 2016 from Great Plains Superlaunch at Pecan Plantation, Texas
BASE 90 on 6 August 2016 from SpaceJam 10 with the Boy Scouts in Rantoul, Illinois
Tracking will be available over the internet using the following links:
- A brochure describing the program
- Cambridge Space Flight flight prediction webpage
- S3Research Flight Predictor webpage
- 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