Stephen F. Austin

Near Space Project #7 - STEM3 - NISD - March 21, 2017 @ 10:00am

Path Prediction LIVE GPS Track NOTAM: LFK005028 (4NM NE OCH)
Check List for Near Space Projects
Procedure for Near Space Projects
  1. Check Weather Forecast
  2. Call FAA at 1-877-487-6867 [REF] to request NOTAM
    • NOTAM: OCH 04/015 (DH @ Fort Worth)
    • Location: OCH 4 nautical miles 060 degrees
    • Location: LUK 27 nautical miles 003/007
    • Launch Location (Map 31.6194881°,-94.6497343° or 31°37'10.16"N,-94°38'59.04"W)
    • Payload weight (4-lbs)
    • Altitude: >60,000ft
  3. Check Predicted Path
    • Use burst altitude of 30,480m=100,000ft and speed of 5m/s
  4. Track the Payload at

Near Space Project #6 - SMASH 2016 - Aug 2, 2016 @ 9:00am (14:00UT) - NOTAM OCH 07/038

The payload was recovered near Henderson, Texas but the GoPro was missing from the payload.

Near Space Project #5 - SMASH 2016 - Aug 1, 2016 @ 3:00pm - NOTAM OCH 07/037

Predicted Path

Near Space Project #4 - Lost Puppy - Apr. 23, 2016 @ 8:30am (13:30UT)

This project was lost near St. Augustine near Marshburn Road. We are hoping that someone will find it and return it. [More Info]

Near Space Project #3 - New Kid - October 18, 2015

This video is the result of a Physics 475 project. [Full Video]

Near Space Project #2 - Mufasa - August 1, 2015

This video is the result of an Engineering Summer Program that was funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board. The Near Space Project was conducted during during the summer of 2015. (Time-Pressure-Temperature Data)

Near Space Project #1 - Alpha - May 8, 2015

Five SFA physics and engineering students put a GoPro camera and a GPS tracking device in a small capsule. A large 1.5 meter weather balloon and parachute were attached to the capsule that weighed less than 2 pounds. Once released from campus, the capsule climbed to “Near Space”. The students tracked the capsule via GPS and discovered that their capsule landed in Louisiana near the Toledo Bend Reservoir after being in the air for 3 hours. The students then traveled to the landing site to recover the memory card containing video from the capsule. The students obtained about 90 minutes of video and 2000+ images. [Raw Video]

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