Whew! Yesterday was a busy day. We had to get all of the cubes completely ready for launch and packed away so that they could be tested this morning. The three of us spent the morning inventorying everything, creating a packing list for when the cubes are sent to Argentina, and editing the runbook. We also got the chance to watch some gliders taking off and landing on the runway. Take a look below!
Here’s a picture of Ms. Manfre, Ms. Imhoff, Mrs. Craven, and Mr. Murphy on the runway, watching gliders take off and land:
The runway in Minden is a beautiful, busy place. One of the reasons why so many gliders can fly in Minden is because the surrounding mountains provide thermals. Thermals are a currant of warm air rising upwards. The gliders use thermals to go really, really high up in the air!
We were even invited to climb inside the cockpit of one of the gliders. It was small, but the glider pilots all assured us that it is very comfortable.
It was certainly an adventure! Now, we are off to finalize packing details so the cubs can be ready for launch in Minden and in Argentina!
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
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Interested in learning more about Cubesat? Check out the video below to learn more!