The drones are coming

Stories about quadcopters, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are in the news nearly every day.  While the horrors of war, invasions of privacy, daring wilderness rescues and Amazon.com package deliveries make the most sensational headlines, the game-changing role of unmanned aircraft for individuals and small businesses may be the most exciting prospect for […]

Weekend in Havana photos

In February 2014, Daniela and I traveled to Cuba as part of a “people-to-people” exchange program through Insight Cuba. Under the current travel restrictions imposed by the U.S. government, U.S. citizens may only travel to Cuba for a limited number reasons.  Insight Cuba and other tour operators are licensed by the United States Department of […]

International Space Station contact is a success

KEYT-TV news story HD video of the ISS contact Facebook photos On May 22, 2013, Anacapa School students had a chance to speak with NASA Astronaut and former Navy SEAL Christopher J. Cassidy via a live Amateur Radio link to the International Space Station (ISS) (Astronaut Chris Cassidy’s NASA Bio). The 10-minute Q&A session with NA1SS […]

Anacapa School Space Synthesis Unit review

NASA Astronaut Rick Linnehan was the keynote speaker during the three-day intensive 2013 Synthesis Unit “Space: Where Are We Going” at Anacapa School. Each year, the Anacapa School Synthesis Unit provides students with unique opportunities to explore a topic in depth.  Expert speakers make individual 45-minute presentations with time for questions and answers. After three days […]

Anacapa to Host Live Q&A with the International Space Station

Student space exploration group works with S.B. Amateur Radio Club to connect to astronauts October 4, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif. Students and faculty of Anacapa School are preparing for a rare event that will allow them to make contact with an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) via amateur radio as part […]

Endeavour’s farewell flight over Santa Barbara

Californians from Sacramento to Disneyland were treated to a rare treat today as the Space Shuttle Endeavour made its farewell flight from Edwards AFB to LAX by way of a scenic tour above the Golden State at low altitudes. NASA provided some advance clues to residents of both the San Francisco Bay Area and the […]

AAHAB-2: A near space adventure in education and Amateur Radio [video]

In September of 2010 students at the school formed the Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club.  The crew set their sights on building a high-altitude balloon probe to launch into the Earth’s upper atmosphere.  The first team designed and built Anacapa Amateur High-Altitude Balloon 1 (AAHAB-1), which launched on May 22, 2011, returning stunning still images […]

Media release: Anacapa’s near space balloon launch is a success

Students capture photos and environmental data from 90,000 feet above Earth’s surface See more photos in the Facebook album. S.B. News-Press: Students explore atmosphere with balloon-equipped camera S.B. Independent: Anacapa School Skirts the Stratosphere KCLU Public Radio: Lance Orozco’s radio feature story S.B. EdHat: Anacapa School’s Launch a Success Noozhawk: Anacapa School Project Soars to Stratospheric […]

“Ground Control to Anacapa School” – A near space mission

T-minus four days, nine hours until lift off of AAHAB-1, Anacapa School’s first near space probe!  What is a near space probe?  Never mind that … what is “near space?” Over the past few years the proliferation of GPS-enabled devices, as well as compact and light-weight digital photography, has helped give bloom to a burgeoning […]

Journey to the top of the Earth

One evening in Hawaii, we decided to journey up to the top of Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii.  Standing at the top nearly 14,000 feet in elevation above sea level and above 40% of the Earth’s atmosphere, left me short of breath but not short on views.  The vista from the top looking […]