HISS Interns Support a Successful HASP Flight

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October 1, 2007

This Summer, the interns at HISS along with students of UMES designed and constructed a payload that was launched from Fort Sumner, NM late August 2007 as part of the NASA sponsored High Altitude Student Payload Project.

The purpose for constructing the payload was to give experience in space exploration to both the UMES students and the NASA summer interns, while implementing scientific processes and enhancing engineering skills.

In addition to hands on learning, teamwork and management skills are being strengthened. Other facilities that will benefit from the research data collected through this project are HISS, UMES, Wallops Island Flight Facility, and LSU. Included in the payload are tests for atmospheric conditions, solar panel efficiency, rate of ascent and decent, solar radiation, and atmospheric imaging.