CCD Science Students are Out of this World!

Community College of Denver students launched a high-altitude scientific balloon experiment into space earlier this month! This launch, made possible by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) is funded by NASA.

This is by far the coolest thing you’ll see all month! Watch it here:

The DemoSat program is one of the available programs provided by the COSGC and allows students the opportunity to design, fabricate, launch, recover and analyze a payload that is flown to the edge of space. The balloon flight was provided by volunteers of the Edge of Space Sciences group.

The EOSS launches high-altitude scientific balloon experiments for educational purposes for all levels of schools throughout Colorado. This balloon was launched out of Eaton, CO at 7:22 a.m. on November 9th, 2019, reaching an altitude of 110,842 feet before bursting at 8:55 a.m.

Once the payload re-entered the atmosphere, a parachute guides them back to the surface. This flight was recovered from Akron, CO, around 90 miles away! The payload in this video was created by a team from the Community College of Denver. The team comprised of Graham Kersey, Zachery Evins, and Ruciel Hutapea, and was led by Dr. Joel Thompson.

This payload included an internal and external temperature sensor, an accelerometer, and a 360-degree camera (Insta360 One X). The Insta360 One X records in all directions, allowing the ability to pan the camera angle and change the field-of-view as desired (as seen in this video). A special thanks to all that help make this possible! This was an incredibly exciting and fulfilling experience to be a part of, and I look forward to involving myself in more programs through COSGC!