DIY Weather Balloon

The "Weather and our Atmosphere" general-education physics course, taught by Heath Hatch and grad TA Benjamin Ett, along with Dominique Cambou, Jiansheng Feng and Don Blair, successfully launched and retrieved a weather balloon instrument platform of their own design, using inexpensive, open-source hardware to make detailed environmental measurements. According to on-board instrumentation, the balloon reached an altitude of approximately 80,000 feet before it was collected 80 miles away in Bedford, MA. Watch a video of the trip.