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USI students attempt to set new world record

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They were only able to recover the nose of the plane with the tracking device which landed in a field just south of Owensville. They were only able to recover the nose of the plane with the tracking device which landed in a field just south of Owensville.

If you were out in Gibson County on Saturday, you might have noticed something falling from the sky. 

Engineering students at USI were attempting to set a new world record for the highest altitude for the release of a paper airplane. The current record was set in the United Kingdom and stands at about 89,000 feet. 

Students tracked the trajectory of the plane at their command post on campus, as other classmates waited throughout Gibson County to retrieve it after it landed. 

"We're probably going to need the cameras, to recover the cameras to really figure out what altitude our plane and balloon separated," Zane Mitchell said. Mitchell is USI's Engineering Department Chairman.

The team say they did have a successful launch, but the cameras cut out before they could determine its maximum altitude. They were only able to recover the nose of the plane with the tracking device which landed in a field just south of Owensville.

They say they'll try for the record again in the spring.

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