The summer 2013 flight season has begun.
The first flight of the 2013 Summer Science Research Fellows program was launched at 11:35 EDT on 3 June from the roof of the Julian Science and Mathematics Center. The 600 gram balloon was filled with about 120 cubic feet of hydrogen and lifted an APRS radio, a 900 MHz spread spectrum radio, and an experimental payload with eight distinct LED photometers, a three-axis tilt sensor and digital compass. The data was recorded on a mini-SD card on an Arduino Mega computer.
The balloon burst at 69,000 feet and the payloads descended safely to the ground northeast of Franklin, Indiana on the Shelby-Johnson County Line at 1:26 pm EDT. The packages were recovered from a field with young corn plants.