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



Wednesday 12 June, 2019

6:00 - 9:00pm Hamburger/Brat picnic hosted byMike and Genelle. Event will be hosted at Mike's (N0MPM) residence.  Contact Mike for directions.



Thursday 13 June, 2019


Tour Lely Manufacturing, Pella.

Meet at the Parking lot at 9:15am.  -- SEE MAP --

Parking is very limited at Lely.  We will park just souuthwest of the Lely facility and hoof it over to the office/plant.  Follow the RED line into the far northeast parking area.  Enter at GATE 7.

You will be going past active manufacturing traffic, so be extremely careful and on the look out for forklifts etc.  This is not normal, but with last year's tornado things are really congested.  

The two buildings shaded in pink are no longer standing.  Don't get confused when you drive by on the way to Lely.

Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.

11:30am Lunch on your own - Downtown Pella.  (HINT: In't Velds is a local favorite)

Tour of Vermeer Corporation: Environmental Products Division.

You will follow the light blue line into the parking area for Plant 4.  Enter at GATE 4.  Just look for an open space as we will be sharing parking with employees.  Again, be very careful in the parking lots.

Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.

4:00pm Tour of Dutch Windmill, guided by our very own Mike!
6:00pm Group dinner at chat - Downtown Pella.  (George's Pizza)
7:30pm Feel free to roam around the "Thursday Nights in Pella" in the town square.  City band concert starts at 8:00pm featuring WB0URW on the drums!


Friday 14 June, 2019

(Spouse/family activities also available)

8:00 - 8:30am   Arrive / Check-in / Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00am   Safety Review and Introductions
9:00 - 9:40am Paul Verhage

Muon Detection in Upper Atmosphere

My presentation is on a muon detector developed by MIT. I gave flown it in one flight so far and will compare muon intensity to general cosmic ray background.

9:50 - 10:30am Bill Brown PicoSats Around the World
10:40 - 11:20am Jeff Deaton

SDR Multi Balloon Tracking

Review of the software defined APRS system being used to track multiple balloon flights at EOSS. Overview of primary features like the graphical user interface and landing predictions as well as a discussion of the open source software used to power the system like GnuRadio, Dire Wolf, and Aprsc.

11:20am - 12:00pm Mike Hojnowksi

HAB in a Collegiate Ham Club

Recruitment and retention of radio amateurs in a Collegiate environment is challenging. Our students really don't want to talk on the radio. Basic electronics, digital communications and technology for Drones and robotics is much more appealing. Mike will discuss how a High Altitude Balloon project was used as a group project to teach Amateur Radio skills to Cornell students.

12:00 - 1:10pm   Lunch
1:20 - 2:00pm Matthew Nelson CubeSat Development/Balloon Flights
2:10 - 2:50pm Zack Clobes

Keep It Stupid Simple

Mission success rates can be increased by planning ahead, and choosing systems that are easy and have few moving parts. From untangling ropes to tripping over wires, there are a number of things that you can do to make your launch day more enjoyable.

3:00 - 4:00pm   Weather Briefing, flight predictions, and launch day site and logistics review.
6:00 - 8:00pm   Group Banquet, Central College Graham Annex


Saturday 15 June, 2019

6:00 - 7:00am Arrive Launch Site (Pella Christian High School Practice Field)
8:00 - 9:00am Launch window. 
1:00 - 5:00pm Post recovery snacks and refreshments.  Location TBA
5:00 - 8:00pm Group dinner and final reports. (In't Velds)