On April 29th, 2018, at about 10:15AM, a High Altitude Balloon was launch from a rural community in Paraguay. This was named as "YVAGA RAPE" which in Guarani Indian language means "The Road to Sky." Authorities from the Nihon Gakko University were present as well as locals from the little town of "La Colmena." For this launch, a 1200 grams latex balloon was utilized. It demanded 3 m3 of Helium gas. After 2 hours and 43 minutes of flight, at about 1PM local time, the stratospheric vehicle touched down. Thanks to the on board GPS tracker, the landing site was identified at latitude ‐25.54826 and longitude ‐56.35037. It is estimated that this stratospheric vehicle reached 30000 meters of altitude, this is, based on the balloon manufacturer's specs. Captured images from the on board camera confirmed this approximation. Unfortunately, the low cost open source hardware failed to record temperatures, altitude and relative humidity. The root cause of this failure is being analyzed as part of the learning tool of students in space education.
The main goal of this activity was to participate at the GSBC and by doing so, have local school students and educators get the sense of being part of an incredible worldwide activity.
It is very important to mention here, this project was a long planned activity, a 3 years dedication. The intention was to motivate local students and educators to pursue space related activities as a tool for improving STEAM education.