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Near Space Balloon Project

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Objective Capsule Launch Plan
Research Micro-Controller Flight Modeling
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Objective:

To launch a near-space balloon 100,000 ft up into the Earth's stratosphere. A capsule will be lifted by the balloon. The capsule will contain a cell phone, a pressure sensor, a micro-controller, and a video recorder.

  • The cell phone will transmit global positioning system (GPS) coordinates during flight.

  • The pressure sensor will provide pressure and temperature data.

  • The micro-controller will act as the brain of the capsule by sending commands to all the various electrical components onboard.

  • The video camera will document the balloon's journey.

At 100,000 ft the originally 5 ft diameter balloon will reach a burst diameter of 20 ft. The balloon will pop and the capsule descend back to Earth via a parachute. Then cell phone's GPS coordinates will assist us in the recovery of the capsule.

Administration
Joshua M. Pritts Project Manager
Philip Erberich Team Leader: Micro-Controller Design/Build
Jeremy Bates Team Leader: Capsule Design/Build
Brendon Mendenhall Team Leader: Launch Team (Modeling & SAR)
Last Updated: 09/19/2014
  • GCCCD
  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
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