Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE)
Once again, Bermuda College was singled out for God's blessing! Because of Bermuda's ideal location, it's climate and the availability of College staff and students, consideration was given to the College to be involved as partners in finding a location to set up radio equipment for monitoring the ionosphere during a rocket experiment called the Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (CARE).
The investigators involved in this experiment were: The Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC; The Department of Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University and The Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois.
A team of investigators arrived on the island June 2009. Several sites, including Bermuda College, the former Nasa Tracking Station, Tudor Hill and The Royal Naval Dockyard, were considered as a place for conducting the CARE experiment. However, a final decision was made to use the Royal Naval Dockyard on a plot of land and buildings near the 'Commissioner's House'. This area was considered ideal in terms of housing of personal and equipment as well as the availability of electrical power.
In September 2009, a Professor and two electronics graduate students from Penn State University arrived with equipment and expertise to set up the tracking devices. Bermuda College electronics lecturer, and two students were invited to join in the setting up of the equipment.
Finally, by mid September 2009, a rocket launched from Wallops Island Virginia passed over the Bermuda area. Data collected during the experiment provided insight into the formation and properties of noctilucent clouds.
Because of involvement with the Penn State team, Bermuda College students enhanced their knowledge and boosted their confidence in electronics as a chosen career.