Pegasus II is an experiment in real-time “Internet of Things” technologies from the edge of space. The experiment uses a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) as a delivery system to carry a payload crammed with sensors, video, and radios into the remote and hostile region of the upper atmosphere known as near space. The ascent of the flight will terminate at 100,000 feet above the surface of the earth. The experiment allows users to participate in the flight in several ways.
We are scheduled for launch on Wednesday April 13th at 12pm CDT.
(1) View telemetry from the craft in only milliseconds from when the measurement is taken from anywhere in the world.
(2) Watch a live video broadcast of the flight and launch. Note: Flight video is highly experimental. We will learn much from this flight in terms of live video performance from remote UAVs.
(3) Communicate with the craft during flight by sending messages to the craft. These messages get recorded into the video record of the flight.
(4) Receive SMS text messages on your phone as Pegasus II makes flight milestones.
(5) View a live map that updates the positions of the chase vehicle and Pegasus II as it flies.
There are 2 ways to include yourself in the experiment, Web and phone.
- Go to the Web site and sign up for flight notifications. These will allow Pegasus II to text your phone when it launches and you will no miss the flight regardless of whether you are using the Web site or mobile apps.
- Follow us on Twitter @PegasusMission. This will keep you informed on any flight delays and alert you of time-to-launch.
- Watch the live launch and flight video.
- Watch live telemetry and mapping during the flight.
- Download and install the mobile app by searching your app store for “Pegasus Mission”. If you have already installed the app, we suggest that you uninstall and reinstall the app to help us ensure consistency.
- Connect to WiFi if possible. This will help keep the connections “hot” and reduce dropped connections. Reconnections can be slow if the signal is not strong.
- Watch live telemetry and mapping
- Send us a user message. We love getting “Hello from <location>” from the users around the world.