Flight Eight - Floater - March 21, 2017 @ 8:30am
Balloon Size: SBS-13 balloon - LINK
Payload Weight with String: 13.11 grams
Neck Lift: 24.11 grams
Free Lift: 11 grams
Cruising Altitude: 35,000-40,000 feet
Burst (predicted): Shooting for 2 months aloft and 4 trips around the Earth
Time Aloft: 31 days - Lost over Southern Russia
HAM Call Signs: KD0VJI-11
Launch Location: Forestview Middle School

UPDATED: April 10, 2017: Our Pico balloon, flying a SkyTracker made by Bill Brown, took 16 days to make one trip around the Earth. As of this posting, we are currently working on our second trip around.


We were the first middle school in the world to send a scientific balloon around the Earth. How cool is that!!!

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Getting the flaoter ready to fly. Getting the flaoter ready to fly.
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Mr. Brown via FaceTime. The creator of the SkyTracker. Getting the flaoter ready to fly
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Nice picture of the SkyTracker. Nice picture of the SkyTracker and it's solar panels.
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Getting ready to let it go off on it's journey. Up, up and away!