M5 TALK: Benjamin Ett, Dominique Cambou, Donald Blair — Balloon to Space


Friday, 27 April 2012 at 3:30 PM

Benjamin Ett, Dominique Cambou, Donald Blair

Balloon to Space

a Physics project gaining a worldly perspective

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time: Friday, 27 April 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker:  Benjamin Ett, Dominique Cambou, Donald Blair —  Physics Graduate Students

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. Five lucky registrants will win DOOR PRIZES!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

Come down to M5 this Friday for a presentation on the design, development, and deployment of a UMass weather balloon!  The Physics department’s Astronomy 105 class, taught by Heath Hatch, launched this project’s maiden voyage at 10:15 am, April 19th 2012 from the Mullins Center Fields.  After its 2.5 hour flight, it landed in Bedford Massachusetts.  Early calculations predict that an altitude of 90,000 ft was reached where the minimum atmospheric pressure was 3kPa and the temperature was a bone-chilling -40 degrees C!  Check out the data they collected, the video of the flight, and see how you can get involved in the next UMass weather balloon flight!

Speaker Bio:

Benjamin Ett, Donald Blair, and Dominique Cambou are all graduate students in the Physics department at UMass.  Ben studies classical gravity theory and is overjoyed that his first experiment was a success.  Don studies information theory and packing and is relieved that the payload did not land on anyone’s pet.  Dominique studies non-equilibrium statistical physics.  She is happy to add crumpling-in-space to her current projects and is amazed the two theorists didn’t break anything in her lab.

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