Eclipse from the Edge of Space

The scientific goals for the Eclipse launches is to characterize the effect on the stratosphere due to sudden change of solar radiation. A suite of sensors will measure standard state variables like pressure and temperature as well as a Geiger counter (alpha, beta, gamma radiation), near infrared, near UV, visible light, particle detector (dust), and CO2

DREAMS-25: Night launch, May/June 2017

Launch at 3am with full sensor suite to measure relaxed stratosphere as a baseline for eclipse data which will show response to sudden change.

DREAMS-26: Eclipse practice launch: Summer 2017, target July 8

Full dress rehearsal daytime flight with release time mid-day just like the eclipse launch.

DREAMS-27: Monday, August 21, 2017 - launch into the path of totality

Invitation to Be a Mission Scientists -

click above to input your information to receive flight data within hours of recovery, and you can also elect to receive the raw video data by mail (too many Gigabytes to upload) showing the eclipse from the Stratosphere

Information on the 2017 "Great American Eclipse"

http://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/

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This image is taken from orbit of the shadow of the Moon on the Earth during a Solar Eclipse. The view from a balloon would be more oblique but would include curve of the Earth, a black sky, and a ominous round shadow. A balloon in the path would see a night time view of the Earth below as well as a sun-less sky.

DREAMS will fly a series of flights to test camera systems and sensors to support the main eclipse flight.

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http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

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2016 AAQ Meeting - We presented!

Mission Lead: Hallie Richardson
Programming Lead: Vineeth Harish
Science Lead: Emme Van Doorn
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http://goo.gl/G9Gv0e