It was during the summer of 2009 when it was suggested that we not only get involved with edge of space helium balloon flights, not only should we get school children envolved, but we should also make an effort to host the Great Plains Super Launch. Hey, there are four of us in our club. Lets do it!

The next three months were spent data searching necessary equipment to produce a successful program, reading publications on near space science, and writing grants. It was estimated that it would take $ 2k to get us into space on a shoe string, $ 3k to not cut corners, $ 4k+ to back-up necessary systems, and for every $500 beyond this, we can continue this program another year.

The Pella Community Foundation has funded many of our projects and was the first to respond with a monitory grant. This got Mike Morgan, n0mpm, building the avionics and Jim Emmert, wb0urw, contacting educators and preparing the equipment list.

Next we were surprised with a grant from abc5 One Classroom at a Time. This grant put us into space and permitted us to bring an EOS expert, Paul Verhage, to Pella, for faculty education.

Explaining PENS to the TV Crew
Receiving the Grant

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The first monies were used to purchase the avionics. This is Mike Morgan's (n0mpm) construction site.

 

 

Mike (n0mpm) Making a presentation to the Pella Home School group.

 

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