The Fruits of our Labor

These are the remaining pictures we have retrieved from our balloons and ground telescopes.

A sequence demonstrating the progression of the eclipse shot with an Orion 100mm refractor telescope with a Canon rebel EOS DSLR camera, stitched together by the wondrous John Bunyan
A combination of two pictures, our shot of totality from about 60,000 ft and a picture of the corona from the North Medford ground telescope (A Orion 100mm refractor telescope with a Canon rebel EOS DSLR camera)


The shadow of the moon moving across the Earth’s surface. Shot with a GoPro Hero 3+

 

Start of the ring shot with an Orion 100mm refractor telescope with a Canon rebel EOS DSLR camera.
An image taken by the North Medford payload capturing the Eagle payload during ascent. Shot with a GoPro Hero 3+ camera.

Last Interview With The Valley 106.3 Before The Eclipse

On August 15th Robert Black and Reyna Kirschel were interviewed about the High Altitude Balloon project by The Valley 106.3 hosted by Paul Gerardi. Its a ten minute interview talking about: Possible risks during the balloon trip that might befall the team,  the various roles the students play in the trip, the other various projects that are planned to be happening, and how to view the total solar eclipse through stream from the balloon team.

Robert Black
Reyna Kirschel

 

 

 

 

 

Eclipse interview with the The Valley 106.3

 

On July 10th Robert Black and Emily Christiansen were interviewed about the High Altitude Balloon project by The Valley 106.3 hosted by Paul Gerardi. Its an 8 minute stress free interview uploaded on sound cloud. They go over the science behind the eclipse, the streaming technology, the day of the eclipse, the time for the eclipse across the united states, and other projects associated with the balloon project. All answers and questions were precise and to the point. This is a great summary of what our project has been about.

https://soundcloud.com/user-62716699/kyvl-interview-robert-black-emily-christiansen

 

Emily on right,
Robert Black

Test Launch An Overall Success on June 21st!

Tuesday, June 21st, our team had launched our video and Iridium payloads from NASA in order to test our ground station as well as our video. Despite some difficulty, we were able to get a balloon launched and get a live video feed. We retrieved the payload just before the climb to Fish Lake just off Highway 140. It landed on the C2 Cattle Company’s land. We were helped by ranch hand Danny, who happily helped us retrieve it from an oak tree.

Ground team system check
Setting up the ground station antenna
Our new dual tank regulator system, made courtesy of Mr. Ponzoha. Thank you! Ground team manually tracking the payload

Chance and John getting ready for the Mega Movie project

The balloon just after being released

A view of the valley a few minutes after launch

A shot of the sun from our video payload around 50,000 feet

Nick in the black berry thicket surrounding the oak trees

Danny coming in on his quad

Nick climbing the tree and cutting down the payload.
Removing the payload from the brambles
Team dog, Lucy
Retrieval team plus Danny on the C2 ranch with Casey holding the video payload

 

 

 

Three Great TV Features!

There have been three news stories that have recently featured our team, and our most recent launch.  Two of the articles were posted on KOBI-TV channel 5 and one can be seen on News 10. It is a huge honor to work with these two channels, and we can’t wait to work with them more!

The first two articles are from KOBI and the third is from News 10.

Photos: Medford students’ high-altitude balloon reaches 100,000 feet

North Medford H.S. students launch NASA balloon for solar eclipse project

http://ktvl.com/news/local/students-test-launch-payload-for-nasa