We had a fun morning at the hanger for the Perlan!
When we arrived, we learned more about what we'd be up to for the next couple of days. Check it out below:
One of the things that surprised us most about the Perlan 2 was how HUGE the wings on the glider were- 85 feet!
Here's the cockpit of the Perlan 2 glider:
Interior of the cockpit:
We also got a chance to test out the flight simulator! In order to prepare for their world record breaking flight, Perlan pilots need to practice. We got an inside look at their practice space. Ms. Manfre climbed inside to give it a go!
We're spending this afternoon finalizing writing the procedures for the cubesat. Every cubesat needs to have a formal procedure, or set of directions, written for the "Runbook," which is a book that details the procedure for every cubesat. This helps the team know how to put the cubesats together, how to plug them in, and how to collect data for them so that every experiment works the way it is supposed to. We will also be taking inventory of all the cubesats that arrived from Argentina, and making sure that they are ready for flight. We are also fixing some of the broken cubesats, 3-D printing last minute items, and logging our activities for Teachers in Space.
Good morning Ashford!
It’s 6:52am here in Minden, NV! Your teachers arrived late last night, and are getting ready to head to a team meeting with the crew of the Perlan 2. Chris Murphy, the mastermind behind our weather balloon launch, will be joining us as well! We will be talking over specifics of the launch, and getting the details for what we will be expected to do while working as the ground crew for the Perlan.
We are very excited, and will hopefully have lots to update you on throughout the day!
Mrs. Craven, Ms. Manfre, and Ms. Imhoff
What an exciting week! We've some of compiled our videos into one long video for those interested in viewing them all at once. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on our next cubesat adventure next week!
After about 2.5 hours, our cubesat has touched down! Check out our final flight path below:
We had a team of wonderful students from Gloversville High School, alongside Chris Murphy! Representing Ashford, we have student Lily Conway, along with mom Kate Conway, and teachers Dory Manfre, Kate Craven, and Carly Imhoff.
We also successfully retrieved our cubesat, unbroken from its incredible 95,000+ foot high journey!
We will be updating our blog tonight or tomorrow with a final video of the journey. Stay tuned for more cubesat fun as we post more videos and pictures from today, and also as we update with pictures and videos from our journey to Nevada next week!
-Mrs. Craven, Ms. Manfre, Ms. Imhoff
PS- check out our cubesat, pictured below:
Now, we’re off to track the weather balloon, and Ms. Manfre explains how we’re using a GPS app to follow along with the balloon.
Here is a screenshot of our launch track- if you look closely, you can see us launching from Garrattsville, and how we're tracking towards Canajoharie. It's currently at an altitude of 17603 m- that's almost 10 miles high!!!!
The cubesat has launched, and we have just found cell phone service on our route, so we’re taking a second to share the video- check it out! Now, we're off to track the balloon with our GPS tracker. To track the balloon with us, visit APRS.fi and type in code
You can also learn more by visiting: www.facebook.com/highaltitudeachievement/
Interested in learning more about Cubesat? Check out the video below to learn more!
Launching our Cubesat
Did you know that it’s possible to build a satellite and send it into low earth orbit? Over the past few months, an incredible group of Ashford School students have been working with an organization called Teachers in Space. Our goal was to create an experiment, then test our experiment in low earth orbit.
This amazing group of students spent months learning about space, researching different types of space experiments, and eventually settled on 2 different ones. They decided that they wanted to study whether being sent into low earth orbit had an impact on how seeds grew. Would the seeds that were sent up into space grow differently than the seeds that remained here on earth?
The second experiment involved radiation. Students wanted to see if wrapping the cubesat in a special material would reduce the radiation that it was exposed to. Our students researched radiation, then worked with a group of students at Gloversville High School under teacher Chris Murphy to bring the experiment to life.
Once we had our experiments, our next step was to build the cubesat. We printed a cube out of a 3-D printer and assembled 2 different spaces to test experiments. We performed tests on the cubesat and got it ready to ship out.Our cubesat will be launched in 2 different ways. First, it will be sent up in a weather balloon next week. Once it is returned and we have the results, we will be sending it up in the Perlan 2 space glider.
We will be updating this blog and posting throughout this crazy space adventure! Join us on the blog and on our Youtube channel as we attempt to track a weather balloon and fly a glider- all in the name of learning more about what's beyond our world!
-Mrs. Craven, Ms. Imhoff, and Ms. Manfe