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SFHS JROTC Cadets to Conduct Atmospheric Tests During Eclipse

Santa Fe, NM –On Monday, August 21, 2017, in conjunction with the solar eclipse, students from the Santa Fe High School Navy JROTC unit will launch a high altitude helium balloon to collect video and atmospheric data. A summary analysis of data and video will be sent to NASA at Montana State University.

Students will utilize a computer prediction model to determine the balloon’s flight profile and landing zone with a target burst altitude of 98,000 feet.  After the launch students will use a computer program to track the balloon’s flight path and decent to its landing site.  After landing, a recovery crew will retrieve the flight frame and equipment and download video and computer data for analysis.

On Friday, August 25, 2017, SFHS students will meet with other schools around the state to compare and share collected data.  The High Altitude Balloon (HAB) program is just one example of STEM projects students in the SFHS NJROTC program participate throughout the four-year Naval Science curriculum.

Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, superintendent of schools, explained, “The students will gain real-world STEM-related skills through this  JROTC high altitude balloon flight. These are the types of opportunities that inspire our students to do great things and are a reflection of our dynamic educators and the work ethic and drive of the cadets who are part of our two time defending state champion JROTC program!”

The exact time and location of the launch will be determined by weather conditions. If you are interested in viewing the launch or have any questions, please contact Jeff Gephart at (505) 470-6197 or jgephart@sfps.k12.nm.us.

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