Changes In Altitude Balloon Satellite Launch

The view from 85,000 feet
A coalition of Marshall Magnet School students and teachers participated in NAU's 2012 Changes In Altitude Balloon Satellite Launch program this past weekend.   What's a balloon satellite?  "A balloon satellite is a scientific payload that has equipment inside to photograph and measure the physical properties of the Earth's atmosphere during the ascent and descent of the high altitude weather balloon." 

Prepared for launch
Two of our teachers, Mr. Kasch and Ms. Hurley, have both been trained in this unique program and were "selected from schools across Arizona through a competitive application process... Once they are trained, [teachers] get to put together a student team that will design, construct and launch and recover small balloon payloads. These payloads robotically measure the physical properties of the Earth's atmosphere as a function of time during the ascent and descent of a high altitude weather balloon, such as pressure, temperature and relative humidity."

This weekend's satellite balloon launch was a great success.  The Marshall School balloon soared for 105 minutes to an altitude of 85,000 feet and was safely retrieved intact by the team!

Congratulations to everyone!

The four-and-a-half minute-long video below was shot on the same day by a different team, who attached a Lego-man to their balloon's camera apparatus... Enjoy!

 

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