Woodland High School robotics team launches balloon into space

Woodland High School robotics team launches balloon into space
Photo Source: Live 5 News
Photo Source: Live 5 News

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - It took two attempts, but Woodland High School's robotic team successfully launched a weather balloon into space Wednesday afternoon.

The robotics team is the only high school in South Carolina competing in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

The balloon was launched from the school's parking lot.

"When it goes up there it's going to get so cold that it's going to cause it to burst and it's going to bring it back down," robotics team member Casey Nesdahl said.

There are three or four people who are responsible to get things ready for the launch.

There is a helium team, a balloon team and a lift team.

"These three people have to be serious and can't play around because they can really alter the success of the balloon launching," team member Marquel Rolack said.

The first launch attempt failed because there wasn't enough helium in the balloon, according to teacher and mentor Sylvester Rolack II.

The team added a second balloon and this time the launch was a success, sending the balloons high above the treetops.

"That's what it's all about, education on our future. You have to be able to overcome obstacles. You got to be able to keep going," Sylvester Rolack said.

Last year the robotics team launched a balloon that landed about 70 miles away in Salters, South Carolina.

Next week they plan to go for a record, hoping to launch a balloon 146,000 feet into the stratosphere.

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