Research campers launch high-altitude balloon

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … a weather balloon.

Students with the STARBASE Indiana SHARP Advanced Summer Camp performed a high-altitude balloon launch on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at IPFW.
Students with the STARBASE Indiana SHARP Advanced Summer Camp performed a high-altitude balloon launch on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at IPFW.

Students enrolled in the STARBASE Indiana SHARP Advanced Summer Camp launched a high-altitude balloon into the earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday. The campers – those interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – launched the balloon from IPFW’s Alumni Building.

With the ability to travel some 100,000 feet up, the balloon reportedly carried less than 12 pounds. Eventually, it popped and an attached parachute guided it back to earth.

A chase team with a tracker then retrieved it miles away.

The balloon was expected to gather videos and photos that showed the curvature of the earth, cloud structures and more. Students will then analyze the data downloaded on iPads or computers in the lab after landing, and use the findings in their final presentations at the camp’s graduation.

The SHARP summer camp features “hands-on, minds-on” free programs to 7th-9th grade Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math advanced students.

Students with the STARBASE Indiana SHARP Advanced Summer Camp performed a high-altitude balloon launch on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at IPFW.
Students with the STARBASE Indiana SHARP Advanced Summer Camp performed a high-altitude balloon launch on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at IPFW.

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