Spartan Space Sciences
Fall Module- Project Phoenix - High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Project
Project Phoenix represents the evolution we are having to Spartan Space Sciences from flying our payloads with third party balloon programs, to the actual design and launch of our own high altitude balloon (HAB).
We will be encompassing diversified learning of aerodynamics and other sciences involved with such a program. Students invited include middle school and high school, but advanced elementary students will be considered with a teacher’s recommendation.
This will represent our 7th planned HAB, (most have reached over 100,000 feet) and will be designed on a micro level,to remain at or under 4 lbs, (1,815 grams).
Students may once again design Pong-SAT’s using experiments that fit into Ping Pong balls, but also have opportunities to take part in the logistics of such an endeavor, or be involved in the engineering the balloon components for flight, or be involved in amateur radio operations. There are a multitude of learning opportunities!
Topics included will be the Atmosphere and Space Weather, History of HAB flights, Pong-SAT proposals, Pong-SAT over view and team assignments, balloon build, engineering review, GPS tracking, Report writing, Flight day, and Mission recap.
This 8 class module will met mostly on Fridays this fall, (schedule below) with a two dates on Saturday, September 24th and October 22nd, for a Saturday lab. The launch is also planned for Saturday, October 29th, in the morning from red Rocks Park. This location and/or date may change if weather is an issue.
The class is limited to 20 students, with an enrollment cost of $160, and includes a free membership to the school’s AB0BX amateur radio program. Having an amateur radio license is not required, but we will certainly encourage students to learn more about obtaining their very own.