Virginia Space 3 Phase STEM Space Programme

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This wiki has been developed for the Virginia Space 3 Phase STEM Space Programme.

Phase 1

In Phase 1 the learners engage with their XinaBox components to build their WeatherSats to study the weather in the Troposphere. Each school will receive ten kits, a radio ground station and two balloon launch packages. Two of the kits can be launched with the balloons and the data collected using the ground station. Each component has a job, with the appropriate learning.

Phase 1A – connecting sensors to form a WeatherSat, programming, ground level data collection and analysis, moving the WeatherSat around, outdoors and away from the school

Phase 1B – launching the WeatherSats on balloons, collecting flight data and analyze the results at altitudes up to 5km (Phase 1B - Introduction)

The two levels of activity above have been designed to link indoor and desktop activities with eventual satellite launches.

Phase 2

In Phase 2 the learners will select a number of their ThinSats to be launched on a high altitude weather balloon, up to 35km. The data collected will be analyzed to understand the Troposphere, the Ozone Layer and the Stratosphere.

Phase 3

In Phase 3, the learning from phases 1 and 2 will be incorporated into the design of a ThinSat to be launched into Extreme Low Earth Orbit. The satellite will operate for up to ten days, collecting data beyond the Thermosphere.