Hamilton College Students launch weather balloon.

The Physics students at Hamilton college have been working towards this moment for a little over a year. All of the hard work and tests has finally built up to this moment, launch day.

Posted: Nov 4, 2018 6:27 PM

Clinton, NY--The Physics students at Hamilton college have been working towards this moment for a little over a year.  All of the hard work and tests has finally built up to this moment, launch day.

Students launched their weather balloon on campus in Dunham Green surrounded by curious students and proud staff members.

"Oh, this is just so cool, its fun to see the culmination of all the work that has gone into this all of these troubleshooting pieces that have happened in the background that I can help with, but really the students have taken the lead on. So, it’s really gratifying to see all of their work just coming together in this launch." said Kristen Burson, the Advisor to the Society of Physics students at Hamilton College.

Hamilton College has always been known for having a commitment to studying science. That commitment dates back to 1854 when the college founded the 2nd largest observatory at the time, the Litchfield Observatory. The curiosity about physics and what lies beyond our atmosphere has ultimately led to this launch an estimated 160 years later.

The launch was just a test. But they did place a camera in the box along with a GPS transmitter to track it. After a few hours of flight time and reaching a peak altitude of 60,000 feet, it landed nowhere near the area they launched in, but in New Hampshire.

The students are very excited about the result and plan on traveling to find the box carrying the camera and GPS the following weekend.

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