Salina, KS

Now: 65 °

Currently: Partly Cloudy

Hi: 65 ° | Lo: 50 °

KWU Students Launch Balloon Experiment

Todd PittengerApril 13, 2019

Students from Kansas Wesleyan University were up bright and early Saturday morning.

Over a half dozen students from the science and math clubs launched a high altitude weather balloon from the football field at the Graves Family Sports Complex.

The balloon was carrying a payload of scientific equipment. Inside the payload was a Co2 sensor taking a vertical profile of Co2 throughout the atmosphere. The group flew the same sensor last year for the Global Space Balloon Challenge, and got second place in the Educational Initiative.

The project was also testing an RF data link between the payload and one of the chase vehicles. This RF link will be used to control a gyro in hopes of steadying the payload for better video.

After launching, the balloon and its payload drifted east.

The mission was a success. The balloon made it to just shy of 98,000 feet. It burst over Fort Riley and landed just east of Tuttle Creek State Park.

Following Saturday’s test launch the group will do a launch for the Global Space Balloon Challenge on April 28th, weather permitting.

 

Copyright © Rocking M Media, 2019. All Rights Reserved. No part of this story may be reproduced without Rocking M Media’s express consent.

CATEGORIES :

COMMENTS



STAY IN TOUCH!

GET OUR APP!

LATEST POSTS

2 More Businesses Report ...
October 18, 2019Comments
“Creepy Crawl”...
October 18, 2019Comments
Town Hall to Shed Light o...
October 18, 2019Comments
Necropsy Determines Lion...
October 18, 2019Comments

LATEST TWEETS

Read all tweets
© 2007 - 2019 - EEO  - KDJM  - KABI  - KSAL-AM  - KSAL-FM  - KVOB  - KYEZ  - KZUH