Run by NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) and Louisiana State University, the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) program launches 12 student payloads to 125,000 feet on a high-altitude balloon — and for the second year, the launch, which took place Aug. 9 in Ft. Sumner, N.M., included work from Embry-Riddle students.
For their second pre-launch test flight last week, students at the Prescott Campus traveled to the CSBF campus in Palestine, Texas, to fly their EagleSat CubeSat in a high-altitude balloon that mimics the low-pressure/high-fluctuation temperatures of space (temperatures swinging between -50ºF and 125ºF).
By flying EagleSat on HASP, it is possible to test the satellite for up to 20 hours in a near-space environment.
The student team consisted of Aaron Petrek, a senior Computer Engineering student; Clayton Jacobs, an Electrical Engineering senior and manager of the EagleSat program; and Zach Henney, a senior Aerospace Engineering student and manager of the Embry-Riddle HASP program.
After successfully completing testing in Palestine, Jacobs and Henney continued on to Ft. Sumner with their mentor, Professor Jack Crabtree, where EagleSat was installed onto HASP prior to the flight. This year's flight flew for eight and a half hours before landing just north of Leupp, Ariz.
Now that the flight is over, analysis has begun on the data from EagleSat, which will be compiled into a final science report as part of the HASP program.
For more information on HASP or EagleSat, contact Clayton Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zach Henney at email@example.com.
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