This workshop is based on the school experiment towards space workshop and is tailored to collecting meteorological data. We operate two balloon systems: a low altitude balloon system which works up to 5km above local ground level, and a high altitude balloon system which operates up to 30km above ground level.
Low altitude balloon system. This uses the Windsond brand radio sonde to collect weather data. A small meteorological balloon, or cluster of party balloons are released which carries the sensor package, parachute, and a gsm locator. Live temperature, humidity, and location data is transmitted to a receiving station and data is displayed in real time to students. Students then recover the sensor package using the live telemetry or the GSM locator. The meteorological data is automatically saved for later use.
Duration: 1/2 day for single launch. Full day for multiple launches
D.I.Y. Low altitude balloon system (WINDSOND)
HAB supplies supported Low altitude balloon system (WINDSOND) £320 per day
High altitude system. This uses a range of bespoke meteorological data loggers to collect data. The parameters that can be monitored include temperature, pressure, and humidity. The sensor is placed on board a high altitude balloon payload, along with satellite messenger trackers and radio trackers. The sensor package is carried by a standard weather balloon filled with helium gas. The sensor package is recovered using the GPS trackers.
Duration: Full day, depending on the schools participation in sensor recovery
D.I.Y High altitude balloon system – To hire individual sensors or trackers, go to the web store.
High altitude balloon system flight – £320 per day