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Portable Satellite Tracking

We are pleased to be able to offer you the Spidertracks satellite tracking unit, a simple, inexpensive solution to enhancing safety oversight of your aircraft in flight. Spidertracks can also be used in your ground vehicles in remote areas.

The spider is a totally portable tracking device that uses the Iridium network to send position and other information in real time back to the Spidertracks website. All it requires is a view of the sky and a power supply of 10 - 32 V DC. The unit comes with a power lead with cigar lighter plug so that it is easy to shift between aircraft.

The unit also has a keypad attached which allows more functionality. The software is all web based, so you can access the data from anywhere. The tracks are overlaid over Google Maps in real time. From the website you can change any of the keypad and spider settings, at any time. The spider will send position points at a time/distance/both interval that you choose, and this can be anything above 1 minute and 1 kilometre.

Spidertracks ascends to new heights!

1.The spider being sealed into its container in preparation for flight

2.Ready to Launch!

3.Tracking showing initial point of release, highest altitude during flight and location of the landed balloon
4.Got it back!
Retrieved intact and unharmed, the spider within its holding device collected from the position where the balloon landed
On the 1st February 2012 Abrie Coertze, together with the Golden Planes Company based in Cape Town, launched a weather balloon into the sky above Saldahna with the intention of capturing footage of a balloon propelling up into the stratosphere, utilising a go pro camera. The company used a spidertracks tracking unit, complete with power pack, to ensure that they were able to record the height that the balloon attained as well as to be able to track and recover the video recorder once the balloon had returned to earth.

The weather balloon (with the spidertracks unit and its power pack sealed in a unit attached below the balloon) launched successfully, and the journey from the point of launch to the touch down site outside Wellington took several hours to complete. The highest altitude of the balloon was recorded at 78553 ft. above sea level, travelling at a speed of 14 knots. As it began to descend, Abrie tracked the balloon on line and recovered it shortly after landing.

Besides an exercise of this nature not having previously been undertaken using a spidertracks device, it is also the highest documented altitude that a spidertracks unit has ascended to.

The challenge is now on to beat this record!

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