MiniCubes on Rockets! The compact size of a MiniCube allows it to be launched on model rockets. The idea is to get students flying MiniCubes on their own rockets and when they are ready for the next step up, they can send their cube to us for a flight on balloon to the edge of space.
To test it we bought a Estes Maxi Alpha III rocket from the hobby store and put a MiniCube on it. After the Away 118 and 119 flights we sent the rocket and MiniCube skyward. It flew great.
Away 119 touching down. The first pic is about 30 feet up, the second about 3 feet off the ground. On touch down the camera popped off the servo and kept recording while laying on the ground. Check out the shadow of the vehicle under parachute in the lower left.
Away 118 and Away 119 carries three university payloads, 700 PongSat student experiments, our own balloon valve experiments, a new servo driven camera system and a ceremonial basket from the Sobono Indian Tribe.
Away 118 and Away 119 flew on Sunday to the edge of space. Both vehicle have been recovered from their mountain landing site and team is home safe and sound. Away 118 reached 104,305 feet. Away 119 was our 183rd flight.
After weeks of weather delays the Away 118 and Away 119 high altitude balloon missions are go for flight this Sunday.
We will be carrying over 700 PongSats and three CubeSats from UOP (University of the Pacific), UPAEP (University in Mexico) and the Reach for the Stars Foundation. We will also be testing helium venting systems in preparation for the new Tandem airship.