RHS Near-Space Venture

We are a group of students from Riverdale High School in SW Portland. We are drawn together by our common interest in aerospace. Together, we are NSV.
~ Tuesday, September 4 ~
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The documentary is done!


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We recovered it! Dillon, Anthony, Josh, Drew and Logan hold the recovered module.After several days of driving across eastern Oregon, we found the spacecraft. It was intact, and landed sideways on the side of a hill. Amazing, the Spot Personal Tracker was able to transmit while sideways! We were very lucky.
It was a very happy moment for all of us. (5 of us, the rest went home to conserve gas!)
The footage looks great! 

We recovered it! Dillon, Anthony, Josh, Drew and Logan hold the recovered module.

After several days of driving across eastern Oregon, we found the spacecraft. It was intact, and landed sideways on the side of a hill. Amazing, the Spot Personal Tracker was able to transmit while sideways! We were very lucky.

It was a very happy moment for all of us. (5 of us, the rest went home to conserve gas!)

The footage looks great! 


~ Wednesday, June 20 ~
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Its up…up…and away!
The surface winds were about 10 mph due west, and many people were worried when the balloon jetted westward at a high speed. However, the greater threat was from above. The high altitude atmosphere winds were blowing due east at a much higher speed. 
We stopped at a Starbucks to sit and wait to see which way the balloon was flying. We tracked it on findmespot.com.
We watched in agony as the balloon hit the jet stream and accelerated back west across the launch site. It soon disappeared above the range of the GPS. We were in the dark.
A couple hours later, we got another ping from the website. (About 6 hours had elapsed.) It was descending.  It was almost 250 miles away.

Its up…up…and away!

The surface winds were about 10 mph due west, and many people were worried when the balloon jetted westward at a high speed. However, the greater threat was from above. The high altitude atmosphere winds were blowing due east at a much higher speed. 

We stopped at a Starbucks to sit and wait to see which way the balloon was flying. We tracked it on findmespot.com.

We watched in agony as the balloon hit the jet stream and accelerated back west across the launch site. It soon disappeared above the range of the GPS. We were in the dark.

A couple hours later, we got another ping from the website. (About 6 hours had elapsed.) It was descending.  It was almost 250 miles away.


~ Tuesday, June 19 ~
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We made it. I am posting this message from our campsite’s WiFi connection. It is cold, dry and slightly breezy. Tomorrow should be a good day to launch.

We made it. I am posting this message from our campsite’s WiFi connection. It is cold, dry and slightly breezy. Tomorrow should be a good day to launch.


~ Wednesday, June 13 ~
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We have helium. Over 100 cubic feet of it, actually. It was actually very difficult to obtain this helium due to the global helium crunch. The supply of helium in America is running low, because of certain legislation passed in 1996 which mandates that all helium be sold, regardless of the price. All the stores in our local area are completely sold out and backordered on helium, and are not able to sell it to non-medial or industrial customers anyway. Fortunately, we were able to obtain a 80 cubic foot tank for a French company. The French company has helium sources from France, so it has a stronger supply than most US companies. We were fortunate enough to get one of the last available tanks. 

We have helium. Over 100 cubic feet of it, actually. It was actually very difficult to obtain this helium due to the global helium crunch. The supply of helium in America is running low, because of certain legislation passed in 1996 which mandates that all helium be sold, regardless of the price. All the stores in our local area are completely sold out and backordered on helium, and are not able to sell it to non-medial or industrial customers anyway. Fortunately, we were able to obtain a 80 cubic foot tank for a French company. The French company has helium sources from France, so it has a stronger supply than most US companies. We were fortunate enough to get one of the last available tanks. 


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~ Sunday, June 10 ~
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Only 8 days until launch. Here is the wind data for the last ten days in brothers. Primarily westward wind during the day, which peaks in velocity at noon and dies down at sunrise and sunset. However, above the localized wind currents is the jet stream, hanging out around 23,000–39,000 feet and blowing steadily south-east. Conditions are not ideal, but we can still launch in this.

Only 8 days until launch. Here is the wind data for the last ten days in brothers. Primarily westward wind during the day, which peaks in velocity at noon and dies down at sunrise and sunset. However, above the localized wind currents is the jet stream, hanging out around 23,000–39,000 feet and blowing steadily south-east. Conditions are not ideal, but we can still launch in this.


~ Thursday, May 17 ~
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At OHSU doing cold tests! Filming started for our NSV//Brother’s Trip documentary as well, it is exciting how close it is

At OHSU doing cold tests! Filming started for our NSV//Brother’s Trip documentary as well, it is exciting how close it is

Tags: OHSU NSV science educational space aero space helium balloon project
~ Sunday, May 6 ~
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Free Build Sunday 5/6
Today we rebuilt the prototype in preparation for the Cold Test this Friday. (Only -20 C this time.) Thanks to all the guys who showed up to help! Everything is sealed up and ready to test, except for the GoPro, which is waiting on the memory card still. 
This will be one of the last tests before launch! 44 days until the launch! 

Free Build Sunday 5/6

Today we rebuilt the prototype in preparation for the Cold Test this Friday. (Only -20 C this time.) Thanks to all the guys who showed up to help! Everything is sealed up and ready to test, except for the GoPro, which is waiting on the memory card still. 

This will be one of the last tests before launch! 44 days until the launch! 


~ Wednesday, May 2 ~
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Road Trip!

Last weekend we made the 4 hour drive to Brother’s OR. It was worth it. Thanks to this trip, we now know that Verizon provides the best cell coverage in the location we are launching. We also checked out the roads and discovered that cows may be an issue in the recovery of our spacecraft. We also checked out the camping site we will be staying at. It looks excellent. After this trip we all feel much more confident about the launch and recovery process.


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We just received $350 from an anonymous donor. Thanks to them, we are one step closer to making our project a success! Thank you!

We just received $350 from an anonymous donor. Thanks to them, we are one step closer to making our project a success! Thank you!