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Spring Grove Elementary Near Space Balloon Project 
Thank you soooooo much to our sponsors who helped get this project off the ground, literally!!!!
We had a successful Launch on May 23rd, 2012 at 2:35pm, touchdown at 4:40pm (central time).  Would have been on-time but I forgot one strap at the last minute. 
Thank you also to Scott Fitzgerald who blazed the trail for this project with his class last year. 
 
  Gypsum Supply Co. donated our "Track Progress" feature         The PTO donated our helium 
 
 
Here is the 8 minute HD movie, grab some popcorn and enjoy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Time lapse of all still pictures 
 
 

 

          
 

Instamapper data on the way up

2012-05-23 14:35:41 659 ft 0 mph
2012-05-23 14:36:23 781 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 14:36:46 1122 ft 12 mph
2012-05-23 14:36:57 1286 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:37:07 1401 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:37:17 1512 ft 8 mph
2012-05-23 14:37:27 1624 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:37:39 1788 ft 7 mph
2012-05-23 14:37:49 1955 ft 7 mph
2012-05-23 14:37:59 2083 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 14:38:09 2217 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 14:38:19 2309 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 14:38:29 2375 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:38:39 2470 ft 16 mph
2012-05-23 14:38:49 2526 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 14:39:00 2647 ft 9 mph
2012-05-23 14:39:10 2713 ft 7 mph
2012-05-23 14:39:20 2808 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:39:30 2916 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:40:07 3290 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 14:40:18 3441 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:40:28 3575 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 14:40:39 3720 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 14:40:49 3893 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:41:00 4070 ft 12 mph
2012-05-23 14:41:10 4251 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:41:20 4425 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:41:30 4576 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:41:40 4677 ft 21 mph
2012-05-23 14:41:51 4808 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:42:01 4881 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:42:13 5015 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:42:23 5127 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:42:33 5261 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:42:43 5451 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:42:53 5583 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 14:43:03 5730 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:43:13 5901 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 14:43:23 6091 ft 23 mph
2012-05-23 14:43:33 6235 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 14:43:43 6389 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 14:43:54 6580 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:44:04 6740 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:44:14 6881 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:44:24 7016 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:44:35 7131 ft 12 mph
2012-05-23 14:44:46 7295 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:44:56 7439 ft 16 mph
2012-05-23 14:45:07 7590 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:45:17 7744 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:45:28 7895 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:45:38 8049 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:45:48 8184 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:45:58 8354 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:46:08 8498 ft 7 mph
2012-05-23 14:46:18 8666 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:46:28 8810 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 14:46:38 8961 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:46:48 9132 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 14:46:58 9292 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:47:08 9450 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 14:47:18 9594 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:47:29 9778 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:47:39 9912 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 14:47:50 10076 ft 16 mph
2012-05-23 14:48:01 10243 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:48:11 10414 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:48:22 10585 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 14:48:32 10739 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 14:48:42 10896 ft 12 mph
2012-05-23 14:48:52 11054 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:49:03 11237 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 14:49:50 11939 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 14:50:00 12116 ft 9 mph
2012-05-23 14:50:24 12451 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 14:50:34 12612 ft 11 mph
Trip boundary

 

 

 

 
 
The above image is the instamapper data points on the way up. (ground track)
 
 
 
 

Instamapper data points on the way down

2012-05-23 16:22:23 19854 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:22:33 19854 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:22:43 19854 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:22:54 19854 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 16:23:04 19854 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:23:14 19854 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:23:24 19854 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:23:34 19854 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 16:23:44 19854 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 16:23:54 19854 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 16:24:04 19854 ft 9 mph
2012-05-23 16:24:14 19854 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 16:24:25 19854 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 16:24:35 19631 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:24:46 19372 ft 25 mph
2012-05-23 16:24:56 19145 ft 23 mph
2012-05-23 16:25:07 18893 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 16:25:17 18660 ft 23 mph
2012-05-23 16:25:27 18440 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 16:25:37 18220 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:25:47 18001 ft 27 mph
2012-05-23 16:25:57 17761 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:26:07 17515 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 16:26:18 17246 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:26:28 16974 ft 16 mph
2012-05-23 16:26:39 16689 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 16:26:50 16416 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:27:01 16177 ft 23 mph
2012-05-23 16:27:11 15941 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:27:21 15744 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:27:31 15511 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:27:41 15295 ft 24 mph
2012-05-23 16:27:51 15081 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:28:01 14858 ft 24 mph
2012-05-23 16:28:11 14658 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:28:22 14412 ft 10 mph
2012-05-23 16:28:32 14189 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 16:28:42 13986 ft 16 mph
2012-05-23 16:28:52 13779 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 16:29:02 13579 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:29:12 13350 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 16:29:23 13104 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:29:33 12904 ft 9 mph
2012-05-23 16:29:44 12671 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 16:29:54 12457 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:30:04 12267 ft 10 mph
2012-05-23 16:30:14 12067 ft 9 mph
2012-05-23 16:30:25 11844 ft 11 mph
2012-05-23 16:30:35 11654 ft 9 mph
2012-05-23 16:30:45 11444 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:31:01 11116 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:31:11 10929 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 16:31:22 10719 ft 12 mph
2012-05-23 16:31:32 10539 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:31:42 10335 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:31:52 10148 ft 17 mph
2012-05-23 16:32:03 9925 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:32:13 9738 ft 12 mph
2012-05-23 16:32:23 9542 ft 21 mph
2012-05-23 16:32:33 9358 ft 21 mph
2012-05-23 16:32:43 9181 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:32:54 8954 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:33:04 8758 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 16:33:14 8567 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:33:24 8371 ft 14 mph
2012-05-23 16:33:34 8193 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:33:45 7984 ft 23 mph
2012-05-23 16:33:55 7829 ft 25 mph
2012-05-23 16:34:06 7652 ft 27 mph
2012-05-23 16:34:16 7488 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:34:26 7331 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 16:34:36 7173 ft 21 mph
2012-05-23 16:34:46 7006 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 16:34:57 6819 ft 13 mph
2012-05-23 16:35:07 6662 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 16:35:17 6494 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:35:27 6330 ft 20 mph
2012-05-23 16:35:37 6143 ft 15 mph
2012-05-23 16:35:47 5996 ft 19 mph
2012-05-23 16:35:57 5809 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 16:36:07 5632 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:36:17 5451 ft 27 mph
2012-05-23 16:36:27 5264 ft 32 mph
2012-05-23 16:36:37 5081 ft 32 mph
2012-05-23 16:36:47 4894 ft 28 mph
2012-05-23 16:36:57 4707 ft 26 mph
2012-05-23 16:37:26 4156 ft 28 mph
2012-05-23 16:37:36 3969 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:37:46 3775 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:37:57 3592 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:38:07 3401 ft 25 mph
2012-05-23 16:38:17 3208 ft 24 mph
2012-05-23 16:38:27 3027 ft 24 mph
2012-05-23 16:38:37 2840 ft 25 mph
2012-05-23 16:38:47 2640 ft 25 mph
2012-05-23 16:38:57 2463 ft 22 mph
2012-05-23 16:39:07 2283 ft 25 mph
2012-05-23 16:39:17 2145 ft 18 mph
2012-05-23 16:40:53 649 ft 0 mph
 
 
Some facts from the Flight...
payload weight (Gondola, cameras, spot, cell phone, warmers, lines, parachute, bracelets)....2.5lbs
We filled the balloon to just shy of 5lbs of lift
Total Flight time was 2:05 (2 hours, 5 minutes)
Time from launch to burst altitude was 1:21 (1 hour, 21 minutes)
Time from burst altitude to landing was 44 minutes 
Altitude Reached....low estimate 77580ft
                                 High estimate 82000ft
Thank you Scott for doing the altitude math!
 
 
 
 
Ideas for Spring 2013
Have each class launch a balloon simeultaneously(3 balloon at the same time)
try to circle the earth with a balloon
Modem pictures back to a reciever
try to reach 200,000ft or set a balloon record
Get the 8th grade science class involed with part of the project
or Get the high scool involved in some way
any ideas email me at prkaup@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some things to remember....
 
Minor problem when we pulled the ball stopper to plug the balloon, it started to go all the way throught the throat, kept it from exiting the ballon by zip-tieing the end of the throat to keep the ball stopper from coming out.
 
The Spot GPS failed...worked right up until launch....got 1 ping just before it landed...when I recovered the balloon it was DEAD!  Installed new batteries and still no workie!  :(   Good think we had a backup!  Today May 24th the spot is working! I really dont know what happened.  The one thing I did not do was to drill a small hole in the battery compartment to equalize pressure in the unit.  This could have very well caused the problems.  Sorry Scott!
 
The flip video camera performed flawlessly.  The only limitation was the amount of memory. Recorded all but the last 10 minutes of the flight.
 
Next year invest in a Go Pro HD Hero.  The cannon took 245 pictures at 15 second interval but many were fuzzy (about half).
 
I we do a multiple ballon launch, invest in more Cheap flip video cameras.
 
Prediction software was right on!
  
Kids and Teachers did a great job! Thank you Mrs. Hursh, Mrs. Kottke, and Mrs. Christensen!
 
 
 
 
 

 

Our Parachute Test April 18, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you Jake and Brian!!!

The 5ft diameter parachute

100 ft up......

a successful test

Our still camera mounted to the bottom of the cooler

and the spot personal GPS tracker.

 
 
 
The flip video camera mounted to the lid of the gondola, will be takeing video of the balloon and parachute.  Should be interesting.
 
The flip video camera looking out of the top of the cooler lid.
 
The Motoroal iden290 on the boost mobile network for cellular GPS tracking through instampper.  The kids have the password to the instamapper web-site.
 
The cannon power shot still camera looking out of the bottom of the
The Canon Power shot looking out the bottom of the cooler.dola.
 
The gondola team signed the side of the gondola.
 
The Launch team made our sign.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Balloon projects
 
 
 
 
Useful Links
 
 
 
 
 
 .....use this link to track our Spot personal GPS tracker
Instamapper..... Use this link to track our Motorola i290 cell phone through instamapper
INSTAMAPPER--use this link to track the motorola iden290 cell phone
PREDICTION SOFTWARE--use this link to predict where a gondola will land
WEATHER BALLOON FROM EBAY --this is who we purchased our weather balloon from, allot of good information about the balloon from this site
WINDS ALOFT (AVIATION WEATHER)  -- this site provides winds aloft information
use this site to hack your cannon camera to do a interval shoot (time lapse)-- 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Extreme Science links.......
 
                                        
 
 
See what other Adopt-A-Pilot groups are up to......
 
Columbus School 5th grade, Edwardsville, IL  
 
 
 
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