It made it to 101,375 feet anyhow… via a balloon.
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: http://www.eoss.org/ansrecap/ar_200/recap191_192.htm
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!
Lastly, if you’re not familiar with what the Sensordrone does, here’s a really brief introductory video: