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2014 GPSL Pre-Registration is now closed.
Contact: Zack Clobes for further information.

Welcome to The GPSL Website!

The Great Plains Super Launch is the premier conference for near space explorers and enthusiasts dedicated to the education and study of aerospace science via Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning.

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Project: Traveler generally flies out of the Hutchinson, KS area. If you're intersted in ARHAB (Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloons), electronics, ham radio, meteorology, or just about any other area of science, we'd like to invite you to join us.

What is Near Space?

Near space is that region of the atmosphere above 60,000 feet but below the accepted altitude of space, 328,000 feet. These altitudes make near space far more like earth orbit than the surface of the earth. Air pressure in near space reaches 99% of a vacuum or better. Air temperatures drop to a low of -60 degrees F or colder. Cosmic radiation is over 100 times greater than at sea level. Near space is located within the ozone layer and therefore is an environment of increased damaging ultraviolet radiation. Near space is reached by helium or hydrogen-filled weather balloons. Since it is far less expensive to send payloads into near space than earth orbit, organizations like NASA will send new designs into near space first, as a test.

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Contact: Zack Clobes, W0ZC to become a sponsor.

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GPSL 2014 Tentative Schedule

June 12 – 14

Thursday ---
3:45pmUnofficial underground salt museum tour in the afternoon.
Available for those in town early on Thursday. The last tour leaves at 4:00pm (be there early) and takes about an hour and a half. Pricing starts at about $14 per person.
6:00pm Dinner at the Downtown Sampler 1 N Main St #201, Hutchinson, KS 67501 Drive into the covered parking garage on the west side of the building. Proceed to the top of the garage, and the restaurant is just inside and to the left. Dinner will be a smothered chicken and is $17 + tax and tip. Dessert will also be available for purchase.
Friday --- Kansas Cosmosphere
8:00-9:00 Set up and registration
9:00-9:15 Introductions
9:15-10:15 Education in Balloons Paul Verhage
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Jurassic Pigs Recovery Keith Kaiser
11:00-11:30 Kaymont on Balloons
11:30-12:00 Introduction of flight packages
12:00-12:45 Lunch (provided)
12:45-1:30 Round Table on Hydrogen Safety Zack Clobes
1:30-2:15 Reaching out to Schools and Clubs John Dinneen
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Pico Balloons Bill Brown
3:30-4:15 Vertical pointing VHF/UHF Antennas Don Fraser
4:15-5:00 Weather and Safety Briefing Zack Clobes
6:00-7:30 Dinner at Anchor Inn
Saturday --- Launch Day
Free Cosmosphere museum admission to all participants.
Dinner: Pizza Ranch, 1805 E. 17th

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