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 […]

Ham Nation #55 – Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club

TWiT Ham Nation 7/11/2012: Ham Nation #55 Bob Heil and Gordon West featured the Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club on a weekly installment of the popular Amateur Radio netcast Ham Nation on Leo Laporte’s TWiT network. Look for the ANSEC coverage at 11 min. 20 sec. in the video.

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 […]

Amateur Radio Newsline – AAHAB-2

Amateur Radio Newsline™ 5/11/2012: Report 1813 Bill Pasternak of Amateur Radio Newsline, aired an interview on May 11 with me about the Anacapa Near Space Exploration Club’s AAHAB-2 near space balloon probe.  We talked about the exciting launch that reached 111,814 feet above California’s Central Valley.

KEYT 3 News – Anacapa’s near space ballon

John Palminteri interviewed the ANSEC crew about the success of AAHAB-2’s flight to 111,814 feet above the Earth’s surface.

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 […]

KCLU/NPR – Anacapa’s space mission

Yesterday, Lance Orozco from the NPR affiliate station in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties came to the Anacapa School to interview my students and me about our plans to launch the Anacapa Amateur High Altitude Balloon 1 (AAHAB-1) on Saturday.  His story aired this morning on KCLU. Listen to KCLU’s radio news story (mp3 | […]

“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 […]