The RoboDawgs continue to work on technology to achieve sustained flight with high altitude balloons. Last week, our rising Sophomores and Juniors put up our most recent launch, testing a new method for releasing our capsule when the balloon crosses a specific geofence. The test was not successful, but the balloon did become our first to drop its capsule in another country! A photo from near the end of our flight is above. (Every flight captures thousands of new images. The RoboDawg flight images now number more than 250,000)
Below – two photos as the capsule began its descent. Note the balloon fragments in the first photo, and a freshly deployed parachute in the second photo.