SLHS students recovered high-altitude balloon in Vermont last year
SARANAC LAKE — It’s been more than a year since the engineering class at Saranac Lake High School launched a high-altitude balloon from the campus on Jan. 30, 2020.
The payload, designed to collect atmospheric data and imagery while broadcasting its location via radio, reached an altitude of 60,300 feet before the balloon popped. The parachute then deployed, and the balloon landed in a wooded area outside Middlebury, Vermont, where it was successfully recovered shortly afterward by students Tyler Newby, Steven Poulsen, Alex Purner, Iyleeh Rose and Sean Sanford.
This recovery provided special satisfaction to the team since a year before, the high school engineering class had not been able to find the balloon.
This project was supported locally by Richard Brandt from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at Whiteface Mountain and Steve Langdon of Borealis Consulting in Saranac Lake.
(Editor’s note: This news item was supposed to appear in the Enterprise a year ago but for some reason did not.)