[aprssig] Traking the Solar Impulse Flight across America

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri May 3 11:28:46 CDT 2013


Here is the live web page. http://live.solarimpulse.com/



Im maintaining a live RF  object (from here in Maryland) but need APRS hams
in California to get the object on Local RF.



This plane is the size of a 747 and is only going 25 knots at 10,000 feet.
Should be fun to watch, so need to get the object out on RF in its area.



Do people want to sign up to be object maintainers?  This flight acorss
America will take days if not weeks.  We can do this.  Just need people to
be the object inputters (only one at a time to avoid a mess on the APRS-IS).



Bob, Wb4aPR







*From:* Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu]
*Sent:* Friday, May 03, 2013 11:59 AM
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*Cc:* aprs at yahoogroups.com; bruninga at usna.edu
*Subject:* Traking the Solar Impulse Flight across America



The Solar Impulse is aloft, starting its multi-leg flight from San
Francisco to Washington DC.

http://www.solarimpulse.com/en/across-america/



There is no APRS tracker on board, but there is no reason why  APRS cannot
track here as an object so that all radio Amateurs can see it if they are
out side and driving around.



Use the object name “SOLAR1”.



Remember anyone with info on its live position can enter it as an object so
everyone else on APRS can see it.



Im not talking about an APRS-IS object which can only be seen on line.
This is not needed since anyone who is online can go to the SolarImpulse
page and see that.



Im talking about a live on-air object so ham radio ops, not aware of it
will be able to see it on their mobile and look up and see it live.



This means an APRS operator every hundred miles or so getting the data and
creating the on-air object.



Remember, you can uplink an object from any APRS radio by momentatily
entering the manual position of the aircraft and then changing your
callsign to SOLAR1, sending a few packets and then switching your callsign
back.



Its only fliying at 60 MPH or so?, so you can also get under it and
generate a live object that way!



Just an idea.



We wont see it in Washington DC for sometime yet.



Today it is SF to Phoenix.



Bob, WB4APR
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