VALTS Student "Cubes in Space" Project a Huge Sucess
2016 marks the third year of the NASA Cubes In Space program. The ESU13 VALTS program was privileged to have a student qualify for this exciting project. Bridgeport student Shelbi Klingsporn, assisted by VALTS teachers Lesley Billingsley and Katie Juarez submitted a proposal this past spring that was accepted.
Shelbi's project was to send a Micra heart pacemaker into space to test the effects of space travel on the device. It passed with flying colors!!
This year NASA launched a Sounding Rocket-3 or SR-3 which allowed up to 80 experiments to be integrated with Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) RockSat-C program's payloads. The Terrier Improved Orion rocket was launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to approximately 75 miles, which is about 25 miles into space. The launch was June 22nd. This short duration mission, lasting around five minutes, allows science and testing to be conducted in "highly energetic" environments. Experiments were subjected to over 20 g's at launch and had a splash-landing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Shelbi and Ms. Billingsley and Ms. Juarez were able to travel to Virginia to view the launch. Shelbi also had the opportunity to present her project to the public.