2006 Fall Meeting Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2006), Title, Eos Trans. AGU,
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HR: 1340h
AN: ED13A-1204
TI: High-Altitude Balloon Launches for Effective Education, Inspiration and Research
AU: * Voss, H D
EM: hnvoss@taylor.edu
AF: Taylor University, Physics Department 236 Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989 United States
AU: Dailey, J
EM: jfdailey@yahoo.com
AF: Scadata Ventures, 1315 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805 United States
AU: Patterson, D
EM: David_Patterson@taylor.edu
AF: Taylor University, Physics Department 236 Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989 United States
AU: Krueger, J
EM: Jason_Krueger@taylor.edu
AF: StratoStar Systems, CRI Ayres Department 236 Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989 United States
AB: Over a three-year period the Taylor University Science Research Training Program (SRTP) has successfully launched and recovered 33 sophisticated payloads to altitudes between 20-33 km (100% success with rapid recovery). All of the payloads included two GPS tracking systems, cameras and monitors, a 110 kbit down link, and uplink command capability for educational experiments (K-12 and undergrad) and nanosatellite subsystem testing. Launches were conducted both day and night, with multiple balloons, with up to 10 experiment boxes, and under varying weather and upper atmospheric conditions. The many launches in a short period of time allowed the payload bus design to evolve toward increased performance, reliability, standardization, simplicity, and modularity for low-cost launch services. The current design uses a Zigbee wireless connection (50 kbaud rate) for each of the payload experiment boxes for rapid assembly and checkout with a common interface board for gathering analog and digital data and for commanding. Common data from each box is processed and displayed using modular LabView software. The use of balloons for active research (ozone, aerosols, cosmic rays. UV, IR, remote sensing, energy, propulsion) significantly invigorates and motivates student development, drives team schedule, uncovers unexpected problems, permits end-to-end closure, and forces calibration and validation of real data. The SRTP has helped to spin off a student company called StratoStar Systems for providing an affordable low-cost balloon launch service capability, insurance plan, and other technical assistance for scientific, industrial and STEM educational use.
DE: 0394 Instruments and techniques
DE: 0594 Instruments and techniques
DE: 0850 Geoscience education research
DE: 0933 Remote sensing
DE: 3394 Instruments and techniques
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2006 Fall Meeting