Our Workforce Development Committee helped three schools in a PongSat launch on March 18th. We sponsored the planning and launch plus actually assisted in the launch and recovery of a balloon that achieved an altitude of over 98,000 ft. Here is a brief description of our effort.
On March 18th the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) sponsored an “Edge of Space” mission by helping three schools conduct micro experiments through PongSats. A PongSat is an experiment that fits inside a Ping-Pong ball. These Ping-Pong ball “satellites” are flown to the edge of space by high altitude weather balloons. Our chapter worked with the National Space Science & Technology Institute (NSSTI) to enable St Mary’s High School, Fremont Elementary School, and Texarkana Middle School to participate in a mission that achieved an altitude of 98,471 ft. The experiments varied in complexity
and results but a consistent theme of fun and accomplishment encourages kids of all ages to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).