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Cole H. ’28 and Frank Zingg ’26 Participate in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Solar Eclipse Mission

On April 8, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets Cole H. ’28 and Frank Zingg ’26 had the opportunity to participate in CAP’s continent-wide project collecting solar eclipse data in partnership with NASA. The Civil Air Patrol is America’s premier public service organization for carrying out emergency services and disaster relief missions nationwide. The CAP cadet program promotes aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders.

Alongside students stationed at over 500 CAP sites spanning seven time zones, 50 states, and two US territories, Cole and Frank collected scientific data to enhance humanity’s understanding of the sun, ionosphere, and earth's atmosphere.

The focus of the April 8, 2024, data collection effort was to examine the impact of solar eclipses on weather and very high frequency (VHF) radio operations. This data will play a pivotal role in enhancing weather and climate models, enabling more accurate forecasting and aiding engineers in designing radio communication systems resilience against solar storm effects.

An exciting once-in-a-generation mission for Cole and Frank! 
 

 

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