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Level 2 Intermission


As we await the dramatic conclusion of Geza’s Level 2 flight, here’s a brief intermission to keep you all up to date.

Last Minute Internship Opportunity

We have four opportunities for undergraduates to take part in an 8-week paid internship with Far Horizons. This year’s projects include a two-way radio communications system, and software to track the missions in real time while predicting flight paths and landing location. We particularly encourage applications from students with strong skills in electronics, programming, engineering or electronic communication.

The internship runs weekdays June 18-August 9, 35 hours/wk, with a stipend of $3,200. Applicants must have a permanent residence in the Chicago metropolitan area and be US citizens. To apply, send a cover letter, CV/resumé, and list of relevant courses you have completed to:
Human Resources
[email protected]
Deadline for full consideration is May 20, 2013. Funding for these positions is provided through grants from NASA and the Illinois Space Grant Consortium.

FH at the Maker Faire This Saturday!

Far Horizons will have a booth at this weekend’s Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire. We’ll be featuring some of the cool opportunities Far Horizons offers to those in the Maker community. We’ll also be trying to razzle dazzle the visitors to the fair with some of the experiments and equipment we use in our stratospheric missions. If you’re in the neighborhood, come by and say Hi. The fair runs from 10-4 on Saturday the 18th at Carl Schurz High School, 3601 North Milwaukee Ave.

Hey Teens and Volunteers! (I’m looking at you ASW alum)

Want to have a cool time hacking for civic change? The Adler is hosting a Civic Hack Day as part of the National Day Of Civic Hacking June 1-2. This 26-hour event will focus on teen involvement in “hacking for change.” If this piques your interest, we’re looking for interested teens and mentors to form a team to come up with and tackle a cool idea with real community results. Anyone who was involved in last year’s hack-a-thon knows how much of a blast the event was. Check out the links for more info. If you’re interested, shoot me an email or leave a comment.

3rd Annual Operation Airlift, Lifted Off

For the third year running, Far Horizons helped support the Air Force Academy High School Operation Airlift competition. Last Saturday nearly 40 students formed teams and competed to design ROV airships to complete challenges and be crowned the winners. If you want to see some of the images of the event check out this link. Thanks to Far Horizons staff and volunteer Roxanne! They were part of over 30 teens, mentors and volunteers who helped make this the best competition so far. Also, teens blogged live about the event here and here throughout the day.


For anyone not familiar with the brilliant, smart and science-based web comic XKCD I have one thing to say… Check it out! The reason I mention it today is that the creator, Randall Munroe, also has a spinoff, What If?, where he answers some of the weirdest and most interesting questions from readers with real science. This one titled, “How many model rocket engines would it take to launch a real rocket into space?” particularly struck my interest and I thought I’d share it.

Until next time…

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  1. Arpan Rau

    The hackday sounds like fun! I’ll see if I can make it. I get back from california and leave for maryland right around those days, though, so no promises

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