With the successful launch and recovery of Aether I on March 14, 2014, Bryant Hornet Engineering's Aether Project has since become a fixture in the department's Aeronautics and Space Program. This project aims at developing and launching successive experiments on an annual basis(if not more often), furthering our capabilities and understandings of near space exploration and experimentation.
The Aether Program Objective: To promote engineering education by challenging our students with the complex, exciting, and rewarding exploration of near-space.
Aether I 's shape was decided upon early in class discussions after it was determined that re-purposing a commercially available cooler was not ideal for this application. The pyramid shape offers reasonable interior volume and very low/centered center of gravity, offering great stability upon (sometimes rough) landings; better ensuring that the capsule would remain upright upon rough landings.
Construction of Aether II is coming along nicely. Primary and Secondary hulls were constructed of the same rigid foam insulation as its predecessor. The dimensions of the new capsule are larger in proportion than those of Aether I by a couple inches in each axis.