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AHAC 2020 Workshop

AHAC 2020 Workshop

Apollo Re-entry Challenge Workshop

Taught by: James Flaten, U of MN – Twin Cities, MN Space Grant Consortium

Cost: $50 per attendee, no meals provided

Tentative Schedule

Monday, June 22, 2020 (afternoon)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (all day)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 (some morning activities; part of the AHAC 2020 Ballooning Expo)

This workshop will involve developing and testing a drop-payload, modeled after an Apollo re-entry vehicle, first down a string (AKA “tethered” mode; indoors or outdoors) then later dropped from a free-balloon (as a mission-termination event). The workshop will exercise a wide range of skills ranging from model construction to parachute sizing to microcontroller programming so it will be suitable for attendees with and without prior ballooning experience. The workshop will include explicit suggestions for organizing such an event as a competition/challenge at one’s home institution.

Image from (but workshop activity different from) https://www.tested.com/science/586803-features-not-standard-weather-balloon-launch-and-recovery/