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Intrepid trackers take to the sky to locate Leonid balloon



The Leonids balloon launched from Marshall Space Flight Center in
Alabama was located about a day after landing in Georgia.  An
excerpt of the recovery account follows.  Animated gifs and Real
Video from the flight camera are now available at
 
 
  http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/ast17nov98_1.htm
 
 
If you haven't already, please visit our own AMSAT website,
http://www.amsat.org, (under the high altitude balloon heading) for
all kinds of balloon info and links, and the HABLIC website for
concise launch notices for most all ham radio balloon launches.
 
Hank Riley, N1LTV
http://www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/3161/hablic.htm
"All balloon launches, all the time"
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NEWS UPDATE - 11/18/98 2:30 pm CST
Bill Brown, WB8ELK
 
THE PAYLOAD HAS BEEN FOUND!!!!
 
Today, Melody Johnson and pilot Don Henson flew over Chatsworth,
Georgia and have pinpointed the landing site by homing in on
the radio tracking beacon using a Kenwood HT tuned to 144.000 MHz
supplied by Randy Ware, technology director of Dalton Junior High
School.
 
About an hour later, Melody drove to the site and tracked the
signal to a business called Homer's Yarn and Textile Equipment Sales.
After Melody explained the situation (Quote: "NASA needs YOU!!"),
owner Homer Dills walked behind his warehouse and found the payload
in a briar patch just behind the building in perfect shape.
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