TeamApollo picts of marshmellowman

Since we posted the pictures and brief write up of our Sensordrone kissing the face of space (post), I’ve been asked one question fairly consistently:

Why was Lego Man on the flight, and what happened to him?

Well, as it turns out, there’s one good answer, and one that creates a mystery.

I asked Jose Lopez, lecturer at MSU Denver and project particpant, why Lego Man was on the flight, and what happened to him.

The response, including info on the marshmallows near Lego Man:

The students wanted to see the behavior of the marshmallows at very low pressure. They expected them to get very big, but did not. As for the man, I encourage Artsy stuff be added and souvenirs.

So that explains the why.

But what happened to Lego Man?

Unfortunately he did not survive the balloon burst.

So now we have a mystery.

Was Lego Man a casualty? Or did someone build the Galaxy Commander, with or without appropriate sensors… and rescue him? We may never know.

Lego Galaxy Commander

To be sure, Lego has given us many blueprints for craft capable of near space flight since the dawning of the Galaxy Commander. Perhaps another vehicle could have been scrambled and launched in time to save Lego Man.

We’ll leave it a “pix or it didn’t happen” for now.

What do you think happened? Tweet with #LegoMan to let us know your thoughts….

It made it to 101,375 feet anyhow… via a balloon.

EOSS192 at burst see sensordrome payload

A huge thank you to Jose Lopez, a retired USAF Colonel and current lecturer at MSU Denver for sending our Sensordrone to where no Sensordrone has gone before.  Almost to the Final Frontier.  Interesting to us of course since we consider the device to be a tricorder.

Jose was kind enough to send along some pictures from the flight.  The first image, above, shows the break up of the balloon at 101,375 feet.

Full details of the launch can be found here:

Since the Sensordrone wasn’t conceived to operate at that kind of altitude, which would include incredibly low temperatures and pressures, MSU Denver was kind enough to return the device to us (which we will replace) so we can analyze the effects of that hostile environment on our design, and the included sensors.

We’ll post those results if we can, down the road.

Thanks again to the team of EOSS 191/192 for their interest and cooperation.  More images below!

EOSS 192 16 Nov 2013 2

EOSS 192 flight map 3D

EOSS 192 flight map

EOSS-192 16 Nov 2013 1

sensordrone4 MSU Denver EOSS 192

sesnordrone1 MSU Denver EOSS192

sesnordrone2 MSU Denver EOSS192

sesnordrone3 MSU Denver EOSS192

TeamApollo picts of marshmellowman


Lastly, if you’re not familiar with what the Sensordrone does, here’s a really brief introductory video: