A Team of High School Students from Southern Maine have been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly a Glided Sensor Package from the edge of space at altitudes from over 90,000 ft or about 18 miles high. This program is not part of the curriculum at Bonny Eagle High School but this project will allow these students the opportunity to learn Orbital Science. This project is being put together by the students because of their desire to learn more on Orbital Science. Our goal is to set several world records and gather data that can be shared with Universities and Climatologist. The records the students are looking to break are “Highest Altitude flight of a Glider” and “Longest Glided non-powered flight of a Glider”. We are looking to launch in late July to early August 2015 in Limington Maine.
In order to ensure the success of this important project, we are seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the project. What is unique about this project is not only will your donation be used to educate students around the country and world but once all flights are completed the flight components purchased with the funds you have donated will be placed into a Ranger EX SAR UAV and donated to AIRRNET which is the 501 C3 sponsoring Team Stratosphere. These planes will then be used around the State of Maine in high risk “Search and Rescue” operations when manned aircraft can not be deployed. When time is critical these UAVs can be the difference between life and death.
Generous donors like you are the key to our success and make it possible for Team Stratosphere to reach space. We hope that we can count on your support to help us reach the stratosphere and fly our glided space sensor package back to earth.