MagoGuide.net has made it into the upper atmosphere. Day before yesterday, Earth to Sky Calculus launched a Space Weather Buoy that not only carried the X-ray/gamma-ray sensors normally flown but also a neutron detector. So cool.
GPS data indicate that the payload successfully reached the stratosphere and parachuted back to Earth, landing in a remote corner of Death Valley National Park. A recovery team has collected the payload and the data it contained. Now we are awaiting the results of the data analysis. Did the detector survive the trip? Did the Buoy detect neutrons in the stratosphere? Stay tuned for answers.
Earth to Sky Calculus has a great post on their Facebook page that describes the launch and includes some great photos. There is also a post with the results. Dr. Tony Phillips has additional information about the launch on his SpaceWeather.com website.
Here’s a nice thank you that we got from the team…
The students wish to thank the generous folks at MagoGuide.net for sponsoring the flight. MagoGuide is a fantastic travel web site, providing global access to local knowledge to adventurers around the world. Their donation of $500 got this mission off the ground!
It was our pleasure to help out. We love seeing these young people actively involved in such a worthwhile project. We just wish that we could have been there!
You too can sponsor a flight by emailing Dr. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.