RoboDawgs attempt High Altitude Balloon Distance Record

Grandville High School RoboDawgs Balloon

Early morning balloon launch, December 28, 2913

Grandville High School RoboDawg

Final inflation and tie-off of Dec 28 Balloon

The Grandville High School RoboDawgs continued their series of high altitude balloon experiments, this time building a capsule to try and set a new team distance and altitude record. On Friday, December 27, several Freshmen RoboDawgs worked well into the night to build a new ultra-light balloon capsule. Water-tight and carrying a GPS tracker and two cameras, the new capsule weighed in at just over a pound. We believe the balloon landed in northwest New York, and a recovery team is currently out to retrieve the balloon payload.

Based on trajectory projections using a flight predictor from the University of Wyoming, this balloon traveled over 400 miles and reached a height of approximately 131,000ft. If confirmed by the photos and data on board the capsule, this balloon will have set a new distance and height record for a RoboDawg flight. (See the flight path below)

RoboDawgs High Altitiude Balloon Path

Balloon Flight Path, December 28, 2013

Grandville High School RoboDawgs

Final launch team photo, 7:30am, December 28

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