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  Session: Quadcopters, Drones and High Altitude Balloons
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Blueprints for Accessible and Affordable High-Altitude Ballooning
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:00PM
  Author: Geoffrey Schmit, Naperville North High School
630-247-5725, gcschmit@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): Mark Rowzee
  Abstract: We'll provide you with the blueprints for success since the moment you release your first high-altitude balloon, you are stricken with an unsettling combination of joy and terror. It is relativity easy to launch a high-altitude balloon; it requires much more planning, resources, and luck to get it back. We will share our experiences designing, launching, and recovering high-altitude balloons over the past six years. We will share the science that can be done with a variety of student age groups (elementary, junior high, and high school). We will share the materials necessary for a successful launch and recovery for a variety of budgets. We will share the safety precautions that are required. Finally, we have photos, videos, resources, and stories that we hope will inspire you to conduct your own launch.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Blueprints for?Accessible and Affordable High-Altitude Ballooning.pdf

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