[aprssig] Cockroach balloon uses APRS

Jim Duncan jdbandman at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 22 07:58:57 EST 2011

I think the old Kansas Near-Space Group launched some cockroaches once. I
remember that some hi-altitude balloon group did this several years ago...

73 de Jim, KU0G
(yep, I'm still around!)

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From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of Keith VE7GDH
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [aprssig] Cockroach balloon uses APRS

Steve K9DCI wrote...

> Tamworth Radio Club Inc. down under plans a high altitude balloon
> with one very small astronaut. http://www.trci.org.au/Loki.html

Apparently, cockroaches have been to the "edge of space" before
and survived. I'm not sure if they were in a sealed capsule or exposed
to the ambient air pressure. Apparently, they would have to be launched
to a higher altitude to get rid of them permanently!


The Tamworth flight is also mentioned at...


However, the cockroaches on this flight didn't survive...


73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"

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