Balloon Launch SC006
July 15, 2010
SC State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina
The culminating event of the Earth and Space Science Teacher Workshop took place on Thursday, July 15, 2010, with the preparation, launch and tracking of Balloon Flight SC006. The student and teacher participants were divided into three teams: Communications Team, Payload Team and Launch Team. Each team had specific duties related to the prep, launch and tracking.
SC006 was launched at approximately 10:45 EDT. It ascended to a burst altitude of 33 kilometers and then began to descend. During it's descent, the altitude readout began to fluctuate wildly, with values increasing and decreasing suddenly. It is likely the balloon was caught in the up and down drafts of a large thunderhead. At some point the GPS readings ceased, but meteorological readings continued for a short time and then all transmission ended. It is likely the payload was spinning or tumbling in the cloud and unable to acquire the GPS satellites prior to ending its transmission.