A GPS tracking system for recovering weather balloon packages was designed and tested, and research was also conducted to determine the practicality of a gyroscopic stabilization system for small weather balloon packages. A low budget prepaid phone served as the main component of the GPS recovery system, which proved reliable in several areas of testing. A twin flywheel system powered by small brushless motors failed to stabilize a small weather balloon package when compared to stabilization from strategic weighting of the package.
Spychala, Mark; Finzel, Raymond; Behrens, Nathaniel; Cain, Samuel; and Chamot, Nathan, "Developing Sonde Instrumentation to Improve the Accuracy of Upper-Atmospheric Data Aggregation" (2012). Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship. Paper 166.