The payload of the Indian amateur radio APRS balloon launched on October 13, 2013 has been successfully retrieved.
The balloon payload was returned to Dhruva Space on November 3 during Diwali (Festival of Lights).
The balloon had been launched from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore and drifted into the Arabian sea, off the coast of Udupi. Ham radio operators in Karnataka and Goa in India, and the Middle East and Africa were able to track the APRS signal, containing real time location, altitude and other operating conditions of the flight, for over 600 km into the Arabian sea.
The payload was found about 42.6 km off the coast of Gangoli, Karnataka on October 15 at 11 AM by the sailors of the fishing boat “Suvarna Lakshmi”.
It was only possible to trace the payload because one of the sailors used the sim card that was in one of the pieces of equipment in the payload.
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