WCC engineering club to launch high-altitude balloon, capsule for data collection


BELLINGHAM - If you look up Saturday morning, May 11, and see something strange floating through the air, it's not your imagination.

Whatcom Community College's engineering club is launching a capsule attached to a weather balloon at about 8 a.m. Saturday from the school's campus, with the hopes of collecting climate data as the equipment floats over Bellingham.

The capsule will record humidity, temperature, pressure, infrared and visible light and other data during its approximately two-hour trip. An attached camera will take video.

The equipment is expected to reach an altitude of up to 100,000 feet and cover 30 to 50 miles. The club plans to analyze the data at its meetings.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com or call 756-2803.

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