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LA Robotics Club Message Board › New Meetup: Project Space Balloon 999 launch

New Meetup: Project Space Balloon 999 launch

Annika O.
Group Organizer
Houston, TX
Announcing a new Meetup for LA Robotics Club!

What: Project Space Balloon 999 launch
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011 1:00 PM

Where: El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506

Why: Even though it's not a robot, it involves members of the Robotics Club and it's freakin' awesome!

Project Space Balloon 999 - Planned to take place on June 17th or 18th; exact date and time cannot be determined this far in advance due to weather variables. I will let you know as soon as things are scheduled and keep you all up to date.

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) is sponsoring the launching of 2 helium balloons into space to collect pictures at the edge of the atmosphere.

This is a project created by students at El Camino College but is open to the public and anyone interested in seeing us do this is encouraged to come, take pictures and have some nerd fun!

The ultimate goal of the research team is to put a weather balloon up into space and successfully capture pictures and video footage at the edge of the stratosphere and to deploy a model of a train that can successfully glide out from its enclosed box.

The balloon will make its way 30 km into the atmosphere where the air will reach temperatures of up to minus 48 degrees. Once it pops, a parachute will deploy, bringing the payload back down to Earth along a predicted route. We will quite possibly be using an iPhone, a camera and lots of sensors.

Check it out!
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