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St PETER’S Space Program: Inspiring a Brighter Future

by Joan Mauri and Marta Surinach, HAB Project Leaders

The third Mission to the Stratosphere was completed successfully a few weeks ago. A group of Year 11 students, together with Year 5 pupils, finally could launch their High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Project after more than one academic year of working together. The program offers a unique blend of hands-on learning, scientific exploration, and inspiration for a brighter future. It isn’t just about space; it’s about nurturing the spirit of exploration and scientific inquiry in the next generation.

Real-World Problem Solving

The students were actively involved in organizing, preparing, and launching a high-altitude balloon that soared to the edge of space. This provides students with the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world challenges.

Balloon Payload Details:

Box Dimensions: 40x30x21cm – Volume de 12,24L
Box Weight: 1500,2 kg
Instruments Onboard: 

  • Sonda 1: Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspi Cam, BMP280, VEML6050, Lora Ebyte, GPS, Double Battery shield.
  • Sonda 2: Raspberry Pi Zero, Raspi Cam, BMP280, GPS, Single battery shield.
  • Auxiliary systems: GPS Tracker, Camera. 

Inspiring Curiosity and Future Scientists

The results of the High Altitude Balloon Project are awe-inspiring. The comparison of the three editions organized in 2021, 2022, and 2023 shows the complexity of the mission.

Variables202120222023
Highest altitude32919 meters29356 metersunknown
Time duration150 min144 min114 min
Landing atLleida (N41.58100,e00.72910)Anglesola (41.671840, 1.042680)Vergós Guerrejat (41.6784900,1.3668300)
Horizontal distance35 km33 km42 km

Promoting Action for a Better Future

Promoting St PETER’S Space Program isn’t just about balloons and data. It’s about nurturing a culture of exploration and curiosity, which aligns with Tiffany Vora’s vision for space exploration. Her insights remind us of why space exploration is crucial:

  1. Technology Development for Earth: Innovations from space exploration, like GPS and weather forecasts, benefit all of humanity. The technologies developed for space can enhance life on Earth for everyone.
  2. Understanding Life Beyond Earth: The quest for life beyond our planet is a profound one. It’s a testament to the beauty and fragility of life on Earth. As we search for life elsewhere, we gain a deeper appreciation for the life we have here.
  3. Inspiration and Unity: Space exploration has the power to inspire people across borders and generations. It brings us together, encouraging us to overcome challenges and work towards a better future.

The results of the HAB Project demonstrate that our students are on the path to becoming the scientists and explorers of tomorrow. As parents, your support in promoting the SPSP can play a crucial role in inspiring your children to think big, dream beyond the horizon, and work towards a sustainable future for all. By encouraging their participation, you’re investing in a future filled with curiosity, innovation, and limitless possibilities.

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