Title

Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the skies above Central Missouri, USA

Start Date

27-10-2017 2:30 PM

End Date

27-10-2017 2:45 PM

Abstract

We report the work and findings of Arkansas BalloonSAT in participating in the 2017 Eclipse Ballooning Project. Arkansas BalloonSAT was the site-team for Missouri and launched a high altitude balloon from Fulton High School in Fulton, MO an hour prior to totality. This balloon reached an apogee of 24 kilometers shortly after floating for one minute in the moon's umbra. In addition to live-streaming video from one payload as part of the Eclipse Ballooning Project, our mission included carrying a scientific payload and educational outreach. This report will summarize those efforts and include an examination of balloon kinematics with the cooling effect of the moon's umbra and aircraft-balloon interaction. We further discuss developments in the system to minimize payload size for future eclipse studies.

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Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the skies above Central Missouri, USA

We report the work and findings of Arkansas BalloonSAT in participating in the 2017 Eclipse Ballooning Project. Arkansas BalloonSAT was the site-team for Missouri and launched a high altitude balloon from Fulton High School in Fulton, MO an hour prior to totality. This balloon reached an apogee of 24 kilometers shortly after floating for one minute in the moon's umbra. In addition to live-streaming video from one payload as part of the Eclipse Ballooning Project, our mission included carrying a scientific payload and educational outreach. This report will summarize those efforts and include an examination of balloon kinematics with the cooling effect of the moon's umbra and aircraft-balloon interaction. We further discuss developments in the system to minimize payload size for future eclipse studies.