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Name Date KML Description
Nova 1 09/09/06 KML First CU Spaceflight launch
Nova 2 19/11/06 Flight to test new hardware, unfortunately lost at sea.
Nova 3 07/01/07 Flight to test new cutdown design, found in Germany!
Nova 4 07/03/07 Test-bed gondala for an early Martlet design, now lost in the mists of time.
Nova 5 24/03/07 Launched at the National Science Week event at the Cavendish laboratory.
Nova 6 23/07/08 KML First flight of Badger1.
Nova 7 25/07/08 Second flight of Badger1, launched at dawn to catch sunrise.
Nova 8 / HAPS-D 29/08/08 Flight in collaberation with Doug Ellison again to catch sunrise.
Nova 9 01/12/08 Teddies launch with Parkside and Colleridge schools.
Nova 10 22/03/09 KML Star-tracker test flight with two balloons.
Nova 11 Re-flight of the star-tracker experiment
Nova 12 A flight to take some images for a marketing firm.
Nova 13 UK Space Challenge launch carrying 3 payloads built by secondary school teams.
Nova 14 21/08/09 KML BadgerCub first flight and first uplink to payload.
Nova 15
Nova 16 03/12/09 KML Badger2 first flight and uplink tests
Nova 17 24/02/10 KML Badger2 and BadgerCub integrated uplink and downlink test
Nova 18 17/05/10 Ferret tracker flight 2
Nova 19 23/06/11 KML Squirrel and Weasel Arduino Tracker
Nova 20 11/03/11 Squirrel launch 3 with SSTV
Nova 21 28/03/11 Joey-M test flight
Nova 22 28/03/11 Second flight of Wombat, plus the Southampton ASTRA payload (UHF and HF)
Nova 23 10/08/12 Joey flight with new custom crystal on 434.630MHz + 4 GoPro Hero 2 cameras
Nova 24 11/10/12 Joey on 434.630MHz + Wombat on 434.000MHz + 1 GoPro Hero 2 camera
Nova 25 06/09/14 Joey on 434.595MHz (Disney 1)
Nova 26 27/09/14 Joey on 434.593MHz, 50bd 300Hz shift 8N2 RTTY (Disney 2)
Nova 27 30/09/14 Joey on 434.593MHz, 50bd 300Hz shift 8N2 RTTY: Balloon mapping
Nova 28 16/03/15 Joey, 434.63MHz, 50bd 425Hz shift 8N2 RTTY (School)
Nova 29 22/04/15 Joey, 434.63MHz, 50bd 425Hz shift 8N2 RTTY (School)
Nova 30 15/11/15 Joey, 434.63MHz, 50bd 425Hz shift 8N2 RTTY (Internal demo flight)
Nova 31 25/05/15 Joey, 434.52MHz, 50bd 270Hz shift 8N2 RTTY (School)

Flight page template you can use to add details of a flight.

Notes on Filling out a launch card.

Project Quasar: Hybrid Rocket Motor

See quasar.

Electronics and Software

Electronics and Software Team page for ideas and coordinating things we need to do.

See the pcb checklist for things to check on your PCBs before manufacture!

Landing Prediction

  • Landing predictions can be made online, Landing Predictor
  • Documentation for the Ver 2.0 predictor (and UI) is here: Landing Predictor
  • Information in the next version of the predictor (tawhiri) is here: Tāwhirimātea.
  • The Hourly Predictor plots a locus of landing points for every hour for the next week:
  • Also see our burst calculator available online here


Beginner's guide to Tracking CU Spaceflight Payloads

Badger1, Badger2, BadgerCub - High altitude balloon flight computers.

RocketBoard1 - Experimental rocket flight computer for testing the software GPS.

RadioFox, RadioFox 2 - Control of the Alfaspid Antenna Rotator for automatically tracking balloons and issuing upload commands.

Ferret,Weasel - Minimal, open source Arduino based flight computers.

Project Squirrel - an Android based flight computer.

Wombat, Joey - Next generation flight computers and radio telemetry systems.

ADF7021 transceiver - Budding transceiver



Trackotron - Control system for the automatic antenna payload for hands-off high altitude balloon tracking.

skunk - Helium flowmeter and balloon filling control

static test rig - Static test rig for testing solid fuel burners to measure loads in several axes.

Kestrel -Rocket stabilisation system development


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