Amateur Space News April 25, 2014

After yesterday’s travel, a lot of news - especially in Near Space. University, K-12, and amateur Near Space headlines join coverage of amateur earth science, rockets, satellites and more.

The Northern Echo featured an amateur Near Space ballooning company in the United Kingdom. Sentintospace was founded by two engineering doctoral candidates after they flew their own amateur Near Space flight. Alex Baker, one of the founders, said in the interview “Lots of people were asking us how to do it so we thought it would be easier to set up a website for people to view.” Their website sells ballooning kits, provides tutorials, and hosts a forum for amateur Near Space explorers. 

The Southampton Spaceflight Society, a student group at the University of Southampton, announced a number of Near Space flights they conducted with local schools.

Universe Today featured amateur Near Space projects. They highlighted the JP Aerospace Kickstarter project to send 2,000 student experiments into Near Space and reviewed several recent amateur Near Space projects.

WSBT reported on the search for a paper airplane. An Illinois-based unit of the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary to the US Air Force, released the paper airplane from a Near Space balloon in hopes of setting a new world record. The project was part of a STEM-education project for the unit’s teenage cadets. The airplane stopped transmitting as it descended through <<54K>>. The group announced a reward for help finding the lost equipment.

Purdue University graduate student Max Fagin is a Mars One candidate. The university newspaper ran a feature article about his application and interviewed several Purdue professors about the challenges of Mars exploration.

Vox created “Everything you need to know about human exploration of Mars.” 

Directions Magazine interviewed Mark Brender, executive director of the DigitalGlobe Foundation, about his organization’s mandate to support university research using satellite imagery. He explained how researchers have used DigitalGlobe’s archived images to investigate human rights abuses, develop villages in Africa, forecast malaria outbreaks, and study wildfire hazards.

Steve Hillberg wrote about Cocorahs weather data. Hillberg is the Illinois coordinator of Cocorahs, the Community Collaborative, Rain, Hail, & Snow Network. His new post on the Cocorahs blog provides more detail on the network’s role as the largest contributor of precipitation data to Noaa’s National Weather System and talks about how to access Cocorahs data through the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

Citizens in Space announced their participation in the May 13-14, 2014, MakerCon event. Founder Ed Wright’s presentation “Citizen Science and Citizen Space Exploration” will explain how his organization will let the public conduct their own microgravity experiments on the Lynx suborbital rocketplane.

WTVA ran a story about Mississippi high school rocketeers competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. 

The Wanganui Chronicle wrote about New Zealand artist Julian Priest’s participation in the crowdfunded KickSat project. He sponsored one of the Sprites set to release into orbit in May.