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The Long Awaited…SGTS Imagery and Data

The sorting of many photos that would best show the result of the hard work put forward by the Grade 6 class at Countryside Village is now here.

One short, “Blair Witch-like GoPro video” to start.  WARNING…if you are not a fan of spins this may not be the video to watch.

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A wonderfully sunny, clear day for launch (Ground-level view)

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Must be getting ready to go, pictures/videos are being taken

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Moments after launch, in the background the CARE facility in Egbert, ON

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A little sideways…

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Much better @ 1500 feet

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Farmers Fields for as far as the eye can see!

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Nearing 6000 feet…that’s a long way down!

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Does anyone recognize the body of water in the background?

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The sky is darkening…as we near 10 000 feet!

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Things are a little turbulent at ~13 000 feet!

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A little closer to that body of water… HINT: 44.18479, -79.71455

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There it is again!

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We’re NOT in Egbert anymore!

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That sun is really bright today!

Moving quickly at this point (125 km/h) ... What could be helping us along so quickly?

Moving quickly at this point (125 km/h) … What could be helping us along so quickly?

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Really bright!

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Cool sun shot!

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The darkness of space from 45 000 feet!

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Yup that’s the curvature of the Earth! Just passing by Newmarket!

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~50 000 feet and climbing…

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Things are a little hazy at ~65 800 feet, moments before burst! May have added a tad too much helium to this balloon ride!  We are just NE of Vivian, ON right now!

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You can see the trees that we would land in just a couple thousand feet below

Our payloads final resting place until its recovery 2 days later! 40+ feet up in a cedar tree just North of Whitby!

Our payloads final resting place until its recovery 2 days later! 40+ feet up in a cedar tree just North of Whitby!

A look at the data acquired from the Eagle Flight Computer courtesy of Sahil, Arthika and Gurleen for their analysis.

 

SGTS Launch – #csvpsHAB

Through and through it was a day full of hands-on learning, excitement and adventure, the culmination of months of work.  Today we launched our high altitude balloon with parachute and payload attached from (44 13’ 55”N 79 46’ 50” W) just to the west of Egbert, ON at the Meteorological Service of Canada Centre for Atmospheric Research Experiments. (That’s a mouthful!)

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It is hard to reflect on the day in words so the majority of my look back at our day will be visual with a selection of photos and videos taken by the students in the group responsible for the visual documentation of the event.

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We are ready to go, can we board the bus already?

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On the road to Egbert, what a great day to launch a balloon!

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The gateway to our launch site, inside those doors is where it all happens…wait we didn’t kaunch a balloon indoors!

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A flat, open area, facing south, unobstructed by anything that would have interfered with our launch.IMG_4892

Lacey was getting use to hanging out upside down.

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Preparations of the launch area.  Getting everything organized and ready was key to a successful, efficient launch.

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The helium needed to be brought down to the launch site from the garage within the CARE facility.  The was a question asked of us whether or not we wanted to inflate the balloon indoors out of the wind.  A the students had watched int he many youtube video on HABing most launches occur outside.  So we proceeded to setup to inflate outside the building.

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Lloyd resident meteorologist working for NAVCAN was checking out the contents of our payload.  I must say he was quite impressed with what we decided to send up with our balloon.  Well done team!  The research paid off.

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Getting all of the technology up and running was challenging when looking for LED indicators to show in full sun.

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The final additional of Lacey and her wooden plank.

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Our friends Lloyd, Bernard and Liisa discussing how nice it was to get out of the offices/labs and outside to join in on the fun of our balloon launch.

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Test launch of a party balloon to gather an idea of which way the wind would blow our balloon on launch.

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The payload and parachute all strung out read to be attached to the balloon once it was ready and inflated.

The videos below cover the efforts of the students, ourselves and the experts for the CARE facility as we near launch.  At this point we are T-minus under an hour.

Recorded by Ryan N.

Periscope feed by Mrs. Simons

Following our successful launch of our high altitude balloon, we headed inside the office/lab building to grab a quick snack and had a great discussion about all things science that occur at the launch site with our experts Lloyd, Bernard and Liisa.  Students then had the opportunity to have a tour around the Centre for Atmospheric Research Experiments.

The tour of of the Centre for Atmospheric Research Experiments featuring Liisa Jantunen, Bernard Franski, Lloyd Barnaby, Nick Spayda (IMPROVE Network) and Kulbir Banwait.

Meanwhile, Julie (Miss Harper) and I headed off on the chase of our balloon.

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