A group of researchers from Mercer University in Macon, GA visited Putnam county High School in Eatonton, GA, for an education outreach opportunity in collaboration together with NASA Education. Dr. Anthoni Choi and his lab group at Mercer University are working with high altitude balloons to develop a reliable and inexpensive method for launching small payloads to the very edge of the earth's atmosphere. The goal is to provide launch services for both STEM outreach and for scientists and engineers working on serious research.
The most recent launch of this system took place on March 23, 2017 at Putnam County High School in conjunction on a presentation by NASA Education. This was followed by a drone demonstration and the balloon launch.
The balloon launch went well, considering weather conditions were far from ideal. The students in attendance from Putnam county we very inquisitive and learned quite a bit about high altitude ballooning from Dr. Choi and his team.