Meet the Maker: BLDG 61

By Kristen Lomasney

Makerspace BLDG 61 not only built a part for Project Egress, they made it space ready for us via a balloon launch that sent it above 100,000 feet!

Makerspace BLDG 61 not only built a part for Project Egress. they made it space ready for us via a balloon launch that sent it above 100,000 feet!

Learn more about BLDG 61, and if you're in Boulder, check them out.

Artist Statement: "BLDG 61 is the Boulder Library Makerspace in Colorado, ruthlessly dedicated to inclusive hands-on learning and cultivating valuable maker experiences in the community. This summer, the BLDG 61 team shot for the moon. We partnered with SparkFun Electronics and Magnitude.io to launch Space Camp 61, a citizen science initiative launching high-altitude balloons equipped with environmental sensors to the edge-of-space with a group of teen engineers.

PART #30: TOP 2 LINKAGE ASSEMBLY

When we were tasked to be a part of Project Egress, we knew these two initiatives needed to merge, and thus we delivered to you Space Tested Part #30. As part of Space Camp 61, we engaged a group of fearless teens (many who are first in family college-bound) to help get Part #30 above 100,000 feet.

On July 6, 2019 over 200 community members of Boulder, Colorado counted down together our 4th balloon launch with Part #30 inside. Our high-altitude balloon hit 103,400' and experienced a minimum temperature of -58°F. We believe this part is space-ready and finds you in exceptional condition for its next mission.

The fabrication of Part #30 involved over 15 different technologies and processes, and was completed by the BLDG 61 team: Zack Weaver, Adam Watts, Robby Holb, and Janet Hollingsworth.

Teen Engineer Space Test Launch Team: Grissy, Olmeca, Atzin, Tupak, Owen, Ian, Brianna, Ciara, Devenney, Dio, Adrianna."

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