Planning for Loki Lego Launcher 2.0

We are planning on launching Loki Lego Launcher 2.0, our second launch in the Yeungstuff Space Program during our Spring Break, April 13-15.  Our original spacecraft appears to be intact, so we’ll use it again (and reuse our craft, just like Blue Origin and SpaceX did recently with their super cool vertical landing rockets).

However, there will be a few key differences:

  1. We will use a larger balloon (600g instead of 350g) which will consequently hold more helium; we are targeting 70 cu ft this time instead of 50 cu ft.)
  2. We will add a new tracking system, called an APRS radio bug, that will give us a redundant system to track the spacecraft.
  3. We will send up a different Lego minifigure instead of R2-D2 (to be announced later).

Our goals will be slightly different as well.  This time, we hope to:

  1. Reach a height of 27,500 meters (90,200 feet).
  2. Complete the launch and descent in less than four hours.
  3. See the curvature of the earth on our video footage.
  4. Compare data with our first launch and see if we observe the same temperature changes at the same heights.

We’ll keep things updated here. Stay tuned!

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