KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       

High Altitude Ballooning for Space and Atmospheric Observation

March 1 - December 31, 2011
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Josh Lee

Joshua Lee

Student Co-Lead, Caltech

Robert Karol

Robert Karol

Student Co-Lead, Caltech

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison

Caltech Faculty Mentor

Project Overview:

The purpose of our project was to conduct a series of high altitude balloon experiments on student-designed launch platforms. Many design goals were considered, including, but not limited to: horizontal control for helium weather balloons, tethered camera platforms (controlled and passive), rocket and glider payloads, self-stabilizing platforms, high-definition video platforms, and miscellaneous data collection. Over the course of the project, the High Altitude Ballooning Group completed two successful high altitude launches and several workshops on payload design and microcontroller programming. We have also conducted tests on tethered camera payloads, including field tests in Alaska for a related JPL study on imaging methane seeping from under frozen lakes.

Student Team:

  • Robert Karol
  • Joshua Lee
  • John Leichty
  • Alexandre Boulgakov
  • Alice Xu
  • Lisa Lee
  • Benjamin Razon
  • Sara Ahmed
  • Rebekah Kitto
  • Zipeng Zhao
  • Anastasia Markovtsova
  • Seorim Song
  • Melissa Zhang
  • Liana Braun