Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio Flight 01A has been postponed to Saturday, Feb. 17th, at 1630 UTC. Expected surface winds of 20-25 mph on Sunday and continued poor road conditions make it too risky for a launch. As a substitute, watch for N8GAK-7 from somewhere in eastern South Dakota starting around 10pm CST tonight (04 UTC Sat) and continuing to Saturday afternoon. N8GAK-7 will be aboard a hot-air balloon on a long-duration flight. <table border="1" style="float: right" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td> <p align="center"></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>NSTAR Flight 00-B shortly after launch at 1450 UTC on Nov. 4th from the National Weather Service office in Valley, NE. The WSR-88D (NEXRAD) radome is on the left.</td> </tr> </table> <H3>The mission of the Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio Group is to:</H3> a) Promote the awareness and use of Amateur Radio through the construction, launch, tracking, and recovery of balloon-borne equipment payloads. b) Gain understanding of the troposphere and stratosphere by recording meteorological data. c) Practice the forecasting of mission-critical weather parameters for balloon launches. d) Learn electronics construction and programming techniques to increase the capabilities of the NSTAR payloads. NSTAR uses helium-filled latex balloons to loft small payloads into the atmosphere, GPS to determine the position and altitude, and amateur radio to communicate the data to chase teams on the ground. Typical altitudes reached are from 10-20 miles and the balloon can travel 30-100 miles downwind over the course of 1-2 hours. The inspiration for NSTAR came from the Kansas Near Space Project (KNSP) run by (Lloyd) Paul Verhage, KD4STH. Click here to see a recap of the 1998-99 flights. Flight testing of the first NSTAR capsule was accomplished with the invaluable help of the Near Space Balloon Group in the Kansas City area. For more information see the NSTAR page.