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.
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.
Our 2014 Sponsors:
Contact: Zack Clobes, W0ZC to become a sponsor.
GPSL 2014 Tentative Schedule
- June 12 – 14
- Thursday ---
3:45pm Unofficial 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
- Saturday --- Launch Day
- Near Space System (NearSys), Kansas
- Near Space Ventures (NSV), Missouri
- Amateur Radio Balloons Over North East Texas (ARBONET), Texas
- University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club (UTARC), Tennessee
- Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS), Colorado
- BASE - DePauw
- Dryden Engineering
- Oklahoma Research Balloons (ORB), Oklahoma
- (HARBOR) High Altitude Reconnaissance Balloon for Outreach and Research
- Project Traveler, Kansas
- Nick Stich - K0NMS, Kansas
- Bill Brown - WB8ELK, Alabama
- University of Minnesota
- Dryden Engineering is in Michigan
- BASE-DePauw is in Indiana
Links and The Past
Near Space Links
- Project Traveler
- Near Space Ventures, Inc.
- Edge Of Space Sciences
- Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio
- Oklahoma Research Balloons
- N Stich - K0NMS
- Near Space Systems
- Balloons Up Near Space
- Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments
- Taylor High Altitude Research Program
- Central Nebraska Near Space Program