Great Plains Super Launch - Held in Pella Iowa June 13-15, 2019

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Great Plains Super Launch

GPSL is the premier balloon gathering for high altitude enthusiasts from around the world.  Each year GPSL is located in or around the Midwest and draws hobbyists and professionals from dozens of states, and as far away as England.

The Great Plains Super Launch returns to the Midwest in 2019.  The Super Launch will be held on Friday/Saturday June 14 and 15, 2019 in Pella Iowa.  For those that would like to arrive Wednesday evening, Pella Explores Near Space (PENS) will be hosting Thursday group tours of area places of interest.  In addition, spouse/family activities will be available on Friday.

Pella is a historic town, originally founded by Dutch settlers.  We are located 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, IA.  Iowa's largest lake with a beach, marina, and trails is only 10 miles away.  Pella is a great family town and a popular tourist stop.  Learn more at pella.org.

For further information, please see the event Agenda for specific times.  If you have questions or comments, please ask!

 

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  • Re: University Project Teams using Balloons?

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 24, 2019 | 16:38 pm

    University of Alabama Huntsville had a BalloonSat course for almost a decade as a ECE senior design project. We launched over 60 balloons. It sadly was discontinued. However they have a Space Hardware Club that flies balloon payloads each semester.[…]

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  • Re: University Project Teams using Balloons?

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 23, 2019 | 23:11 pm

    You might consider making contacts by leveraging  NASA’s Space Grant Network.  It is quite large and typically connected with big universities across the USA. Here is a  Link: https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/about/index.htmlFrom that web site:  "The Space Grant national network includes over 850 affiliates from[…]

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  • Re: University Project Teams using Balloons?

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 23, 2019 | 14:53 pm

    Mike,Here are a few possible matches:Stanford:  https://stanfordssi.org/teams/balloonsEmbry-Riddle:  http://pages.erau.edu/~isenberd/research/ballooning.htmlCal - Berkeley:  https://stac.berkeley.edu/project/balloonMaine:  https://umaine.edu/hab/Iowa State:  https://m2i.aere.iastate.edu/habet/  (Matthew Nelson is a good connection to the Stratospheric Ballooning Association, which could yield more schools, see:  https://www.stratoballooning.org/  or  https://www.facebook.com/stratoballooning/ )University of Southern Indiana:  http://usinearspace.com/Metropolitan Community[…]

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  • University Project Teams using Balloons?

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 23, 2019 | 14:20 pm

    Hey Gang,So a colleague here at Cornell is entering his PHD program in Atmospheric Sciences, and is quite interested in balloons.  He may well do a thesis using superpressure balloons.  Anyway, he is also working with his professor, and interested[…]

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  • Re: ublox max 7

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 20, 2019 | 21:01 pm

    Tnx for the infonick     nick Cell      337 258 2527 Helping UL become a world Class Engineering  and Educational SchoolDisagree I Learn  

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  • Re: ublox max 7

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 20, 2019 | 20:32 pm

    You have to set the MAX-7Q up for Airborne mode to make it work and it will fail at 40,000 feet if you don't. - Bill WB8ELK Here is how I do it: ============================================ unsigned char setNav[] = {  […]

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  • ublox max 7

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 20, 2019 | 20:08 pm

    The sat team and the University of Louisiana wants to fly a Ublox max7 and would like to know the string to send to make it work > 18,000 meters      nick Cell      337 258 2527 Helping UL become a world Class Engineering  and[…]

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  • Re: GPSL 2020 dates

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 9, 2019 | 19:07 pm

    I'm working through him and his wife Kendra for the UNO portion of GPSL 2020.  Paul and I had a great launch with them at the Nebraska Star Party last year.- Mark

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  • Re: GPSL 2020 dates

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 9, 2019 | 18:59 pm

    I agree with Bill about cooperating with the school HAB program.  Nebraska has a very active program through Michael Sibbernsen and NASA Space Grant Nebraska.

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  • Re: GPSL 2020 dates

    Great Plains Super Launch Aug 9, 2019 | 16:51 pm

    Sounds like it would be a plus to be concurrent with the K-12 UNO event in July.  I do a lot of outreach flights with K-12 students lately concentrating on 5th and 6th grades. I would welcome K-12 educators and[…]

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