SABLE (St. Albert Balloon Launch Experiment) is...
a not for profit, education based science club which currently operates out of Sir George Simpson Junior High in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. SABLE was originally conceived and created in 2004 when Tony Rafaat was a teacher with the Prairie Land School District in Hanna, Alberta. After moving to St. Albert in 2008, Tony secured a teaching position and continued with SABLE missions at his new school. 2016 marks the tenth SABLE mission and the seventh in a row at Sir George Simpson.
Students and supervising teachers meet throughout the year to discuss the various technical details and prepare any equipment and experiments needed. Typically, missions are launched first thing in the morning on the first Saturday in June. Club members, parents and staff attend the launch and are always excited to see the balloon and payload drift off into the sky. Ground crews track and follow the balloon, eventually recovering the payload. Usually flights last anywhere from 2-4 hours and the balloon can reach altitudes in excess of 110,000 feet (above sea level).
SABLE incorporates various fields of study such as physics, radio waves, GPS, meteorology and geography. We often capture interesting images and videos throughout the duration of the flight.
SABLE gratefully acknowledges the support of Principal Pierre Rousseau and our generous sponsors.