Pig Launched into Space

National Hamfest: Pig in Space. Ham Radio at its best!

In his blog about the National Hamfest Dave M0TAZ says “The highlight for me was the launch of Pinky”

On Saturday, September 26, Andrew Garratt M0NRD launched a High Altitude Balloon from the Hamfest. It carried one of his pigs Pinky and reached an altitude of almost 26 km.

During the flight Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) images were transmitted on 434 MHz showing Pinky Pig and the view from the balloon.
The pictures could be received across most of the British Isles as well as northern France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The balloon landed near Grantham some 25 km south of the Newark launch site and Pinky was safely recovered.

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