It was an AMAZING experience!
We launched three balloons and we successfully recovered all of the equipment.
We are working on processing the photos and video from the flights as well as analyzing the data taken during the experiments. We will get an update posted with photos and video as soon as we can.
Photo of crescent Venus and Jupiter approximately 1/2 degree apart by Michael Sibbernsen from Papillion, NE.
MCC’s Teacher Tuesday Spotlight features Kendra and the NASA Nebraska High Altitude Ballooning program. http://mccneb.edu/news/2014-15/kendra_sibbersen.html
Photo by Michael Sibbernsen
This is a photo that Michael took with a 92 mm f-5.5 APO telescope using a 5MP Starshoot CCD color imager. It was 10 frames stacked using Lynkeos image processing software.
This does not have anything to do with ballooning, but here is a link to a funny article talking about what is happening with the 60 Days of Science that Michael has been facilitating at the Strategic Air and Space Museum.
Miss Nebraska 2013 to assist with shark dissection this weekend just because
I took my son to the Nebraska Husker football game this weekend and we saw a shirt that was perfect for Michael after his ordeal in the hot corn field for the last balloon chase. It said, “Fear the Corn!”
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We would like to acknowledge and endorse the following companies who provided the specialized equipment we used for the Husker-game HAB launch.
For the last three years, StratoStar and Jason Kreuger (President) have been an immeasurable help with the development of the ballooning programs for NASA Nebraska Space Grant and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. Without his assistance, as well as the high-quality, high-reliability HAB equipment StratoStar produces, we quite literally would not have gotten off the ground. Our primary experiment balloon for the Husker game launch and chase used the entire StratoSAT Elite Package.
Primary and back-up tracking for the 2nd balloon, and back-up tracking for the 1st balloon use two Byonics Micro-Trak AIO’s, and one Micro-Trak RTG. Both were the “HA” variants.
Both balloons used 60” Heavy Duty Spherachutes with Weather Balloon Attachments. Spherachutes allows you to choose your own custom color panels. Great for matching school-colors, or making high-visibility chutes. All ten experiment pods on our two Husker game balloons used Spherachutes’ fantastic Fabric Box Wraps (and 11x9x7.25 coolers from ULINE).
Project Aether has an nice assortment of high altitude ballooning equipment and is well worth your consideration. We used the 1200 gram Pawan Rubber Products Meteorological Balloons Project Aether sells for the our Husker-game launch.
Other vital equipment
Besides the aforementioned pieces of equipment, we also used an AvMap Geosat 6 APRS navigator matched with a Kenwood TH-72A in each of our chase vehicles. Each balloon also had a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger as a back-up for our secondary tracking system (i.e. a back-up for the back-up.) Lastly, we outfitted the balloons with 5 GoPro HD Hero 2 Cameras recording both HD video and taking still images.