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Sounding rocket!! High Alt. Balloons: Nov. 18

There's a tremendous event coming up that involves Leonids, ham radio,
balloons, and rockets.  It's called Aviation and Space Education Day
and it's part of the Rhode Island Rockets for Schools program.
It takes place in coastal Rhode Island in Charlestown.  At the old
Navy airfield, now part of Ninigret State Park, more than one thousand
students will gather from all over the state and part of Massachusetts
to launch all classes of model rockets and, if weather permits, three
high altitude balloons including the SkyQuest 3 hamradiosonde.  One of
the high power model rockets will loft an ATV camera and transmitter.
Perhaps the highlight of the festivities that includes lots of aviation
and aerospace exhibits is the firing of a Viper-Dart sounding rocket
into a suborbital flight with the goal of collecting comet dust from
the Leonids meteor shower.  The Viper-Dart rocket engine will fall into
the ocean close to shore, and the GPS radio equipped nosecone will be
tracked and recovered southeast of Block Island by the US Coast Guard.
The SkyQuest 3 will be carrying a CW and RTTY modulated 2 meter
transmitter that should be heard at least 250 miles away when it reaches
its peak altitude.
There is a brief mention of this in the November 1999 QST magazine on 
page 130 in ARRL Rhode Island section news.
Rhode Island Rockets for Schools website:
To volunteer for ham radio onsite event communications duty:
         email Roland Daignault, N1JOY:  roland-d@ici.net
Hank Riley, N1LTV
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