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!)
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.
We are ready to go, can we board the bus already?
On the road to Egbert, what a great day to launch a balloon!
The gateway to our launch site, inside those doors is where it all happens…wait we didn’t kaunch a balloon indoors!
Lacey was getting use to hanging out upside down.
Preparations of the launch area. Getting everything organized and ready was key to a successful, efficient launch.
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.
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.
Getting all of the technology up and running was challenging when looking for LED indicators to show in full sun.
The final additional of Lacey and her wooden plank.
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.
Test launch of a party balloon to gather an idea of which way the wind would blow our balloon on launch.
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.