also be featured.
In this column, I want to share the experiences of
amateur near space programs with those who are still
More Near Space Web Resources
A list of amateur groups can be found in “Near Space, Part
1” in the February 2004 Nuts & Volts;however, I accidentally left
out one group (sorry, Harry). If you’re in the OK region of the
US, then talk to Harry Mueller (KC5TRB) and the Oklahoma
Research Balloons (ORB). His website is www.gbronline.
The KNSP website listed in my February article is for my
former program. The website is still available online, but there
are no more launches from it. On the other hand, the KNSP
Email list is still active and managed by Mark Conner
(N9XTN); it is the primary information source for Midwest
amateur NS launches.
Ralph Wallio maintains a website of theory and current
mission records. Check his website out for a flavor of the state
of the art and what groups are accomplishing. His website is
deciding if they want to begin their own program. I also
want the science results of flights to be shared with those
readers interested in analyzing data.
I’ll use this column to make items which have been
exposed to NS — like plant seeds — available to students
and their teachers. Suggestions for analyzing data —
and, I hope, a few lesson plans — will also be included.
New techniques for old problems are another topic I will
cover. I’ll report on professional organizations involved
Since I’m a high school teacher, I spend a lot of time
traveling. I plan to spend some of that time visiting other
groups and launching with them. You’ll get to read
about some of my NS adventures. Every article will help
you build or operate an experiment or analyze the
Onwards and Upwards, Your Near Space Guide. NV
About the Author
L. Paul Verhage is an electronics teacher at the Dehryl A. Dennis
Professional Technical Education Center in Boise, ID. He
began working in the amateur near space field in 1994 and has
accomplished over 40 missions. His book, Amateur Near Space with
the BASIC Stamp 2p, will be published this year by Parallax.
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