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Weather balloon launch nearly perfect for La Salle Institute students

November 16, 2018 03:56 PM

TROY – NewsChannel 13 meteorologists rely on a lot of data to forecast the weather. Some of that information comes from high-altitude balloons, like the one recently launched by students at La Salle Institute in Troy.

A few weeks ago, the students in the Science and Engineering Club successfully launched a high-altitude weather balloon with nearly perfect results.

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As recorded by a GoPro camera on the balloon platform, it reached almost 108,000 feet -- about 10,000 feet higher than expected, recording altitude, temperature and pressure on ascent.

The GoPro and telemetry on board captured the descent of the students' balloon project on its journey back to Earth. The winds carried it toward the south, coming back to Earth 80-feet high in a tree in Greene County.

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