Students tackle difficulties of balloon launch

Last years aerospace class prepares for a launch.

Hope Schumacher

Last year’s aerospace class prepares for a launch.

Hays High’s fourth Aerospace launch will take place on Thursday, May 12 during first period. It will occur east of the teacher’s parking lot.

The Aerospace-High Altitude Balloon class members all participate in the launch, though they have had to employ new skills for this launch. The goal is to achieve a higher altitude than previous launches, which can only be done by programming smaller, lighter technology than the Lab Quests that have been used in the past.

This is not the only issue the class has faced.

“We’ve had to postpone the launch a couple of times for weather conditions, just like NASA does,” science instructor Cheryl Shepherd-Adams said.

This is the class’s final launch.