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College Students Attempt High Altitude Balloon Launch

05/02/2011

The Amateur Radio club at Rochester Institute of Technology will be presenting display of modern technology and applications with ham radio at the university’s annual Imagine RIT festival on Saturday, May 7. Members of the RIT Amateur Radio Club, K2GXT, have constructed a custom High Altitude Balloon that will be suspended below a weather balloon and launched up to 100,000 feet during the festival. The balloon will stream live data back to the exhibit, displaying information such as location, altitude and temperature. The planned launch will take place close to the beginning of the festival. The group will also be flying a 12 foot long custom radio-controlled blimp. This blimp has appeared several times at the RIT men’s and women’s hockey games this season.



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