On May 2, Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket launched into suborbital space 38 experiments including an experiment created by Gloversville High School Alumni Austin Reese. Reese, Gloversville’s Class of 2016 salutatorian, first created the experiment with help from the GHS High Altitude Achievement Club, Edgar Barranco, the Teachers in Space program and the Tryon Amateur Radio Club.
The experiment first flew on a stratospheric weather balloon four years ago. Its purpose is to test radiation levels in the atmosphere and a shielding material that reduces that radiation. According the High Altitude Achievement Club advisor Christopher Murphy, it was Austin’s hope that someday this material would be able to reduce the radiation levels that aircraft pilots are exposed to when flying.
This experiment and other sensors is now the standardized payload used in flights around the country by many other school districts. High Altitude Achievement continues to work on perfecting the method of stratosphere-to-ground communication so that data can be transmitted during flight.
Gloversville High School’s High Altitude Achievement Club launched its 12th weather balloon on March 20 capping off another successful year of scientific research.
To learn more about Blur Origin’s work visit the Spaceflight Now website.