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UWinnipeg to Launch Balloon to Capture Data, Images

April 8, 2015 8:06 AM | News

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A team from the University of Winnipeg plans to launch a high-altitude balloon mounted with a camera and sensors from FortWhyte Alive.

Called the UW Cloud Punchers, the team will have liftoff later this month if all goes according to plan. The idea is to record atmospheric data as part of an international initiative.

Six students with the University of Winnipeg Geography and Environmental Students Association, along with three faculty members, are participating in the Canada-Wide Experiment (CWE) called the High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABEX) with all of the teams launching balloons the third week of April.

“The opportunity to team up with universities from across Canada to participate in this experiment is quite phenomenal,” said UWinnipeg student Kimberly Thomson. “The project presents a fun and unique way for us to collect atmospheric data that will be contributing to a major research project.”

The weather balloon large and white, weighing 600 grams with a one-metre parachute. It will be launched using helium on Friday, April 24 at 8 a.m.