Abstract Title

Atmospheric Weather Balloon for Near Space Research

Authors' Class Standing

Alex Wheaton, Sophmore Francisco Pastrana, Freshman

Lead Presenter's Name

Alex Wheaton

Faculty Mentor Name

Janet Marnane

Abstract

Atmospheric Weather Balloon for Near Space Research

The Society for S.P.A.C.E. has been working on the development of a weather balloon that will reach a height of 80 to 100 thousand feet and will collect data from the atmosphere. The weather balloon is attached to a Styrofoam box that contains an Arduino board controlling a set of sensors that will measure: temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and direction.

The data will be collected and transmitted through an Xbee antenna that will provide us with remote monitoring capabilities. The data and images gathered will aid understanding of the characteristics and environment that govern our atmosphere. This balloon will burst once it has reached its maximum volume. A deployment apparatus will eject a parachute for safe recovery.

In order to reach space we need to travel through Earth’s atmosphere.

This research will provide information necessary for further atmospheric and space travel.

Location

Flight Deck

Start Date

9-4-2014 10:00 AM

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Atmospheric Weather Balloon for Near Space Research

Flight Deck

Atmospheric Weather Balloon for Near Space Research

The Society for S.P.A.C.E. has been working on the development of a weather balloon that will reach a height of 80 to 100 thousand feet and will collect data from the atmosphere. The weather balloon is attached to a Styrofoam box that contains an Arduino board controlling a set of sensors that will measure: temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and direction.

The data will be collected and transmitted through an Xbee antenna that will provide us with remote monitoring capabilities. The data and images gathered will aid understanding of the characteristics and environment that govern our atmosphere. This balloon will burst once it has reached its maximum volume. A deployment apparatus will eject a parachute for safe recovery.

In order to reach space we need to travel through Earth’s atmosphere.

This research will provide information necessary for further atmospheric and space travel.