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Status:  Recovered Successfully
Launch Date:  Oct 8, 2010
Launch Location:  Wilson NC
Recovery Location:  North East of Greenville NC / Feather Creek Farms
Over-Land Distance Traveled: 50.2 Miles
Time Aloft:  3.5hrs
Time to Peak Alt: TBD
Payload:  Video
Team:  Ryan Butcher,  Joe Downing
We pulled the wind data for a potential launch of HSA-VI on October 8th and it turned out it would be a good day to send it up.  We packed up and headed to Wilson where it was launched at about 1430.  This was the longest duration flight to date being aloft for nearly 3.5 hours while travelling roughly 50 miles eastward.  We tested some new ideas on this one and some worked and others are back on the drawing board.  Overall it was a success and we retreived some great video from very high altitude. 
After reviewing the footage we've determined further changes to the payload that we'll be testing on subsequent flights.  Our primary camera and tempature equipment were destroyed on this flight so we're taking the opportunity to upgrade a few things also. 

HSA-VI Ascent and Apogee

HSA-VI images

HSA-VI landed north east of Greenville NC on the Feather Creek Farms hunting preserve where after two unsuccessfull trips to get it out of an old pine deep in the woods, purveyor of the preserve Al Pierce was able to take aim and shoot it down from the tree.  Special thanks to Al and the staff of Feather Creek Farms - go book yourself a hunt,  they're good people out there.