EFSC Students Send Technology Package to "Edge of Space"

May 4, 2016 - Eastern Florida State College Aerospace Technology students successfully created a life support experiment that was launched as part of a high-altitude balloon launch system that carried the project 20 miles above the Earth.

Aerospace Program Mini-Cube Launch
A photo taken during the May 1 high-altitude balloon launch shows the Eastern Florida State College Aerospace Technology program mini-cube experiment on the far left side of the balloon's platform.

Under the guidance of their instructor, Gregory N. Cecil M.A.S., and working with JP Aerospace which launches experiments through its mini-cube program, the students successfully had their project launched from the Nevada desert on May 1 to an altitude of 20 miles.

The challenge for the students was to build a "life support system" to protect and keep "alive" a marshmallow "astronaut."

The "life support system" was to maintain temperature and air pressure while the mini-cube was exposed to a near vacuum and temperatures going as low as -100 degrees F.  They were also tasked with monitoring temperature, altitude, and pressure electronically.

JP Aerospace will be return the mini-cube the week of May 9 and the project will be evaluated to determine what worked and any "lessons learned" for future projects.

Total budget for the project was $805 for materials, the double-stacked mini-cube, flight, picture CD, high definition video, and recovery.  The project came in under budget at a cost of only $617.

Located near the Kennedy Space Center, EFSC's Aerospace Technology Program teaches future aerospace technicians who plan to work in our nation's space program.

The program is accepting applications until July 10 for classes starting in August. For additional information, contact Advisor, Annette Barrios, at 321-433-7081 or visit the Aerospace webpage.