School News|May 17, 2012 12:41 pm

New club launches its first high altitude balloon

The new High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Club at Beaufort High School traveled to Barnwell High School in Barnwell where the students released a 1,500g weather balloon on Friday, May 4.

Tanner Powell and Josh Forbes filling the balloon.

Attached to the balloon was a parachute and capsule. The capsule contained two different types of electronic tracking equipment. The primary device was a ham radio tracking device with GPS. The second was a SPOT Satellite Messenger. The capsule also contained a digital camera, set to take a photo every 15 seconds, a HD camcorder and a second camcorder that faced up and captured images of the balloon bursting. The balloon climbed to over 101,000 feet before bursting and

The High Altitude Balloon Club. Members are, from left, Todd Stowe (advisor), Josh Forbes, Jordan Washington, Tanner Powell, Ricardo Harris (photographer), Henry Savoie, Michael Price, Joe Tokar (advisor) and Joseph Young with his son Bryce.

traveled some 30 miles, coming down a mile north of Ehrhardt, S.C.
This was a training flight for the new club. They hope to pair with students from Lady’s Island Middle School during the 2012-13 school year to launch high altitude science experiments.
Photos of the launch can be seen at http://thetalon.smugmug.com/Misc/Space/More-Testing and a video of the balloon burst can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX6UXHLXjb0.

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