Trevecca Nazarene University

High Altitude Balloon Launch set for Nov. 19

Trevecca physics students will launch from Trevecca’s campus (333 Murfreesboro Road) a helium balloon that will carry student-constructed scientific experiments to an expected altitude of approximately 100,000 feet—near the edge of space.


At that height the balloon will be above 99 percent of the earth’s atmosphere, where the curvature of the earth is quite noticeable.  Data will be streamed live via high frequency radio transmissions to “mission control” on the Trevecca campus.  The balloon will be followed and recovered by a “chase van” that will continuously monitor the balloon’s location through GPS.


The launch will take place at noon on Thursday, Nov. 19, in the field between Waggoner Library and Trevecca Community Church.