Summer Camp: WV High Altitude Balloon-Sat

June 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
West Virginia State University
WV 25112
Kati Baker
(304) - 293 - 3927

Purpose: Five day summer day camp for High School students to design, build test and analyze different stages of a payload that can be launched by a high-altitude balloon.

Scope: The WV High Altitude Balloon-Sat Camp provides students with basic space hardware hands-on and inflight training. Students learn the basics of spacecraft construction along with the teamwork and coordination involved, as well as the challenges with integration, test and launch. . The helium-filled weather balloon carries a box containing a satellite link, plus several payload boxes that contain cameras, sensors, GPS tracking device and possibly several experiments. The balloon typically rises to 100,000 feet, at which point the expanded balloon bursts, and follows a parachute-assisted descent to a landing site where it will be recovered.

During Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3, students will construct a simple 750 gram satellite called a BalloonSat that will be launched to typically 100,000 feet.  Day 4 will be devoted to launch, recovery, and data analysis of each team’s BalloonSat.

The high-altitude weather balloon project is designed like a real-life mission. Campers are involved in every aspect of the project, campers will be developing skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Deadline to apply:  May 10 , 2019.