Casa Grande Union High School District News Article


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On Saturday, November 20, the High-Altitude Balloon launch and recovery went well. The Near Space Research Team traveled near Ajo, Arizona, to launch the balloons. The balloon to which their payload was attached burst while passing over Casa Grande, Arizona, at an altitude of 104,000 feet (19.7 miles). They recovered their payload about 22 miles southeast of Florence, Arizona. When recovered, the exterior of the payload enclosure showed no signs of damage. Inside the enclosure, one set of batteries had detached from their mount sometime in the flight and appeared to have caused some damage. They were not able to recover any data or photos. When they returned to school, they conducted a more in-depth failure analysis. The retiring team will be briefing the new team on their experience and lessons learned. The group is forming a new Near Space Research Team for the spring 2022 semester. Seventeen engineering students have already signed up for the project. As the only high school team on the project, the team has received praise from university and college students for their design and implementation. They look forward to building a stronger collaborative relationship with the other teams in the future. The Cougars are advised by John Morris, Engineering/Mathematics Teacher. Visit the SEDS Club at For more information on the Arizona Space Grant, visit

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Casa Grande Union High School District #82 prohibits discrimination in employment and educational programs based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, military status, genetic test information, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s), Sean Casey, District Title IX Coordinator, 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, (520) 316-3360 ext. 1111, or [email protected]

El Distrito Casa Grande Union High #82 prohibe la discriminación de empleo y programas educacionales basados en raza, color, religion, sexo, edad, descapacidad, origen nacional, estado militar, información de prueba genetica, orientación sexual o identidad de género, o expresion y provee acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados.

Preguntas, quejas, o solicitudes para información adicional de acuerdo a estas leyes deben ser dirigidas a la coordinadora designada, Sean Casey, District Title IX Coordinator, 1362 N. Casa Grande Ave, Casa Grande, AZ 85122, (520) 316-3360 ext. 1111, o [email protected]

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