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November 17, 2003
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Tech Students To Launch Satellites Thursday, Nov. 20
South Dakota Tech students will launch a balloon and 40 satellites into the upper reaches of the atmosphere to record weather and other data at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the practice football field behind the King Center. Tech invites the media to attend.
The students will then use global positioning signals from the satellites to track and recover the balloon and its payload. The balloon may reach altitudes of 85,000 feet and is expected to stay aloft for approximately 2½ hours.
After recovery, students will extract temperature, pressure, solar radiation, ascent and decent velocity and photos from the satellites they built. The purpose of the project is to teach students to design electronic satellites and insulated housings, to profile physical properties of the atmosphere, to learn data acquisition and analysis and to write a technical report discussing all of the above.
All of the 225 students involved in the project are first-year engineering students enrolled in GE 115, an entry-level course designed to provide a fundamental understanding of engineering as a profession. During the course, students are exposed to tools and techniques used in engineering, such as teaming skills, problem solving, data analysis, technical report writing, resumes, research skills, computer applications and oral reporting of lab findings.
The satellite project is a true team effort. Each team of five students assembled a satellite, tested it under varying conditions and designed a small, lightweight insulated housing.
The launch is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. The balloon will be launched from the practice football field behind the King Center.
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