Space Exploration has been the most inspiring human adventure of the last decades, it will continue to be so for much longer. Moreover, due to its complexity, it brings together a wide set of disciplines that can be exploited to generate knowledge for society. Participating in building experiments for high-altitude balloon and rocket hights very similar to a real space mission is a great source of inspiration for children and young people to the point of even defining their life projects.
AVES, Spanish acronym for “Learn by flying into Space”, is the main STEAM program based on stratosphere exploration that CIPSELA will begin in 2021.
Supported by their teachers, students from different schools will propose experiments that will fly into the stratosphere aboard a high-altitude balloon. The trajectory and hight variables can be tracked in real-time from anywhere in the world through the CIPSELA website. The payloads will then be retrieved and sent back to the schools for further analysis. The flight will take place at the end of 2021.
The AVES 2021 balloon mission will reach an altitude for which the atmospheric pressure is less than 1% of its equivalent at sea level, practically the vacuum of space.
The CIPSELA team has already visited the stratosphere before
It is not the first time that our team has flown into the stratosphere. In the past the Aurora mission was carried out to test a scenario of operations. This mission was a great success in Colombia
Aurora mission statistics: Maximum altitude: 32,000 m Maximum speed: Approx. 200 km / h Minimum temperature: -60 ° C Distance traveled: 80 km Flight time: 170 minutes
In person or remotely, teams of students will work for four months on scientific projects that will be sent to high altitude aboard stratospheric balloons and rockets over Colombian territory. They have the opportunity to track their experiments live through the CIPSELA website. The payloads will then be retrieved and sent back to schools and colleges for further analysis. We have two types of launch vehicles for this program: solid propellant rockets and high altitude balloons.
Students will also have the opportunity to propose experiments using our CipSat kit (similar to a CanSat) aboard a solid propellant rocket. Both the CipSat and the rocket will be instrumented with a set of sensors that will allow taking measurements of engineering and scientific data. These rockets are designed to reach heights between 1.5 and 2 km, and speeds of up to 800 km / h.