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)