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UK Engineering Eclipse Ballooning Team

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The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse will cross the nation from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21, 2017, with the point of maximum totality in western Kentucky.  Kentucky students will fly payloads to the edge of space and livestream video of the eclipse as it happens from above.

Shedding Some Light on the KY Eclipse Team

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Shedding Some Light on the KY Eclipse Team
You probably know about the amazing solar eclipse happening on August 21st, but did you know that UK College of Engineering is partnering with NASA to livestream the event from space? The Kentucky Eclipse Team is one of about 60 groups across the nation bringing one-of-a-kind 360° footage of the eclipse to the public - and even performing research for NASA’s upcoming mission to Mars.
Here’s how it works: We launch high-altitude helium balloons carrying GoPros and more cameras. Photos and videos of the eclipse get recorded and broadcast to our Ground Station and livestreamed along with all the other teams on NASA’s website. At the edge of space, the balloons burst, and we track them to their landing site to recover them.


Our team has been preparing for the eclipse for 3 years, designing payloads, programming equipment, and running test launches. During the eclipse launch, we’ll also being helping NASA with biological research for the Orion missio…

Practice For Eclipse Day

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At T-62 days until the eclipse our team completed our second successful double balloon launch. With our small team of only nine students we were able to fill and launch two balloons from Russelville Airport in Russelville, Kentucky.

This launch was a national practice for all Eclipse Ballooning Project teams, meant to simulate the number of balloons in flight on eclipse day. We were able to stream the first 15 minutes of flight on both balloons.




Special thanks to the staff at Russelville airport for allowing us to use their facilities, and for the excellent aerial photos of the launch!

Hot Air Balloon Livestream Test

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View video of the June 10 hot air balloon test over Lexington, KY: Youtube