Local High School Students unveil Eastern Range Weather-Bot
By 45th Space Wing, Public Affairs
/ Published January 29, 2015
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- "PINK Team," a robotics team of students from Rockledge, Cocoa Beach, Viera and Space Coast high schools, demonstrate a robot designed to release weather balloons.
The robot helps members of the 45th Weather Squadron release weather balloons without risking human life when lightning is too close.
Central Florida, including Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Eastern Range, is often referred to as the lightning capital of North America, with nearly all of the lightning occurring within a three months period from June to September. During this period, releasing weather balloons was a problem for the squadron until the PINK Team stepped in and worked to solve the problem.
After visiting the balloon facility and interviewing the people who release and process the balloon data, the students and mentors had a good idea of what was needed, and developed the weather-bot, a bright pink robot to help complete the task.