Our entry for the Educational Outreach Category was a HAB launched at a 2 day Summer Space Camp for students aged 15-18.
Team BALYOLO is made up of propulsion engineers from a small satellite propulsion company in Buckinghamshire, UK called European Astrotech Ltd (EAL).
EAL was formed in January 2007 to provide high quality propellant based chemical and mechanical services. Our services are continually expanding to enable us to support our Clients in all aspects of chemical and spacecraft engineering; from analysis, refurbishment and decontamination of components and assemblies, through to system process and preparation activities.
EAL is currently contracted to provide all propulsion system test and fueling activities for the Galileo series of GPS satellites and has successfully participated in the launch of 14 of the spacecraft to date (with 8 more to follow), as well as the launch of Gokturk-2 from China in 2012. EAL is contracted to provide launch support to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd for its Cosmic-2 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral (SpaceX) and LEOVantage satellite from India.
EAL started developing an educational outreach programme in 2013 to address the problematic lack of talented graduates available for recruitment into the space industry. ‘Space Balloons by EAL’ is a 12-16 week project for students aged 16-18 to design, prepare and conduct their own mission to nearspace using high altitude balloons. Since 2013 the project has expanded and transformed into a comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project and we have launched over 20 balloons with local schools. Each payload is unique to the individual project group and the experiments are designed and created entirely by the students. EAL provide the equipment and essential HAB knowledge for the teams through weekly workshops, visits to schools and online discussions. Throughout the project we emphasize the parallels between HAB missions and the space missions that we work on for larger customers in the space sector.
Here is a link to our Space Camp photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1BXLhu
And here is our Space Camp report: http://spaceballoons.co.uk/blog.php?p=21
From Team BALYOLO