Thursday, April 21, 2011

BTS-1 Media Release

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BTS-1 Balloon Transport System’s First Launch with Three Mission Mascots “Inspiration”
Houston, TX (April 21, 2011) - Three mission mascots have joined forces to raise awareness for Science Education and Peace through Bears on Patrol, a nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Georgia. They will fly to near space (about 100,000 feet) in a weather balloon equipped with tracking devices and three GoPro HD cameras to record their journey. The launch will take place on May 8th, 2011 from the University of Houston central campus. Launch preparations begin at 10 AM. The flight capsule was named “Inspiration” as part of a naming contest. 
"Who hasn't dreamed of reaching space, getting closer to the stars and looking back at our beautiful blue planet?,” says mission commander Camilla Corona SDO, “BTS-1, the Balloon Transport System's First Flight, aims to show kids and grownups that reaching the Edge of Space is really possible. Our goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers."
"I am very excited to be working with a great crew, and a very talented group of people,” says BTS-1 Pilot Fuzz Aldrin, “Camilla and Skye have inspired me to reach out to more people to get them excited about science and space. We’ve already had a great response through social media, like Facebook and Twitter".
"With the right equipment, anyone can fly!" says Mission Specialist Skye Bleu.
Camilla Corona SDO, the mission commander, is a rubber chicken and the mascot of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Camilla's goal is to educate children about the Sun, Space Weather, Space and Science and to encourage them to pursue a career in science, engineering or aeronautics. Fuzz Aldrin, the BTS-1 Pilot, is a teddy bear who represents Bears on Patrol. Skye Bleu, the Mission Specialist, is a flying pig and a representative of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Like Camilla, she is eager to encourage students to get involved in science and engineering. 
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
Bears on Patrol is a non-profit organization providing police departments with teddy bears to give small children in traumatic situations.
AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit
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The BTS-1 crew inside the engineering module
Commander Camilla SDO
Pilot Fuzz Aldrin

Mission Specialist Skye Bleu

BTS-1 Mission Patch