BS-ASM students prepare to launch high-altitude balloons at a local amateur radio event | Community

Members of the student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Athens (AIAA) in conjunction with the local Athens Amateur Radio Club will launch up to two high-altitude telemetry balloons on Saturday, June 25. The event, one of many local activities celebrating Ham Radio Field Day, will support the training of Aerospace Systems Management students in mission control and communications. It will also support a course of the same name taught this summer and serve as one of their planned mission simulations.

The balloons, expertly supervised by the famous ham Bill Brown (NASA Artemis Risk Management), can even circle the Earth if they can “catch” the Jet Stream. The Athens State Mission Control student team will track the balloons which report GPS coordinates, altitude, speed and other measurements. “This is a great opportunity to engage our ASM students, local STEM students, and others in true mission,” said ASM Professor Wayne McCain. “It’s also good training for our future STEM-SAT1 (Radio-Astronomy CubeSat) launch scheduled for Q4 2023 on a Vaya Space Dauntless rocket.”

The local balloon launch is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on June 25 at Swan Creek Park, next to Athens High School. The public is invited to attend.

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