The first round of testing was performed with 2 vehicles, one acting as the balloon, the other as the chase vehicle. The balloon vehicle was equiped with the Lassen GPS, MicroTrak 8000FA transmitter, and used one of the square loop antennas. The chase vehicle used the other square loop antenna and had 2 receivers on board, the Kenwood receiver, and a Microsoft USB GPS reciever. Both receivers were run through scripts which fed GPS coordinates to Google Earth for mapping purposes.

The results of this test led us to two conclusions. The Lassen GPS seems to perform well as the position reported by it seemed to be dead on once it locked on to enough satellites. The microsoft reciever on the other hand did not perform quite as well. Initial testing of this device showed that its reported position strayed from actual position quite a bit, and tracking testing proved this to be true.