WV Public Broadcasting Staff
Wed May 7, 2014
South Charleston Students Test Launch Their Satellite
Students in teacher Joe Oliver's computer science class at South Charleston High School have successfully conducted a test launch of the CubeSat.
Watch the student made video here and see the satellite soar into the sky, transmit pictures and students recovering the satellite after it landed back on earth.
Visit our original story about the student built satellite with pictures and video here:
South Charleston High School CubeSat Club has successfully launched a High Altitude Balloon from Xenia Ohio on April 19, 2014. The payload had traveled up 98,425 feet above the earth’s surface and descended safely back. We had recovered the payload where we had a weather station, Geiger counter, GPS locator and Two GoPro cameras. We have excellent video from the GoPro cameras where you can actually see the curvature of the earth. (Cool Stuff).
• Maximum Altitude: 98,425 feet Above Ground Level (AGL)
• Time to Altitude: 74 minutes (approximately)
• Re-Entry Time: 45 minutes (approximately)
• Total Mission Time: 1 hour 59 minutes
• Minimum Temperature: -62 degrees F
"Students met early Saturday morning and we drove up to Xenia Ohio, we deployed the equipment, ran through our check list, and launched our satellite. We then drove to McDonalds, where we set up or command center, (typical high School Students) this is where we tracked our satellite through the GPS unit on the Internet. We got nervousness when we lost communication as the satellite rose above 60,000 feet, come to find out that our GPS shuts down above the 60,000 feet mark due to terrorism safety precautions. We were holding our breath until our satellite came back on line as it dropped below 60,000 feet. Then the race was on, we were like storm chaser searching for our satellite as it was descending back to earth. It’s on the right, no no it’s on the left, there it is! WOW, joy and excitement filled the van as we successfully recovered the satellite." - Joe Oliver, science teacher, So. Charleston High School.
• The High Altitude Balloon Launch was a complete success. Students are scheduling another launch sometime mid-June.