We start the 2017-18 school year with some sensational news:
Last school year, a team of high school students from the Space Research program at Renert School competed with other teams from American research universities for a spot on NASA’s High Altitude Space Platform (HASP) program. This program, which is aimed mostly at American research universities, allocates up to 12 spots a year for scientific experiments to be conducted in space, atop a space balloon flown specifically for this purpose. Our team’s research proposal was accepted, and we are delighted to announce that Renert School became the FIRST HIGH SCHOOL EVER to be admitted to the HASP program. Our students worked hard in the past 8 months to build their payload, a detector that tests the efficacy of a certain type of solar panel in space. The project provided the students with many hours of real hands-on experience in engineering, computer programming, and project management.

The students travelled to NASA’s facility in Palestine, Texas, in late July for the integration of the payload onto the ballon, and are in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, right now for the launch. The balloon, which was launched this morning, is flying all day today with Renert School’s detector on board. It will reach an altitude of 32 km above the earth. The attached link is a live video from atop the balloon as it flies above the earth. The Renert School payload is indicated in the picture.

Congratulations to our students – Ali Abdulla, Brian Kehrig, Addison Lindemann, Ben Wolfman, Adam Ursenbach, and Eric Leclair. Special thanks to their mentors who made it all possible: Dr. Laura, Matthew Patrick, Mr. Carlgren, and Mr. Cammack. We are proud of your momentous acheivement; you have shown us that the sky is the limit.

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