Stratospheric Ballooning Association

  • Conference attendees pose in a skywalk

    2014 Conference Wrap Up

    The fifth annual Academic High Altitude Conference concluded on Friday June 27th in Grand Forks, ND at the University of North Dakota. The conference consisted of two days of technical and educators workshops followed by three days of presentations, discussions and networking. Conference participants helped to prepare and launch a balloon on Friday after postponing for two days due to weather. The balloon's payload included components from the educators workshop and middle/high school payloads from the Near-Space Balloon Competition. This years keynote speakers included: Matthew Nelson, President and Co-Founder of the Stratospheric Ballooning Association; Angela Des Jardins, Director of Montana Space Grant Consortium; and Don Day Jr., Chief Meteorologist for Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking high altitude jump with the Red Bull Stratos program.

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  • 2013 Conference Wrap Up

    The 2013 Academic High Altitude Conference concluded on Friday June 28th in Upland, IN at Taylor University. The conference was preceded by a technical workshop led by Matthew Nelson and Ethan Harstad from Iowa State University. Workshop attendees programmed their own temperature and pressure SD card datalogger using off the shelf components and the Arduino software ecosystem. The first day of the conference started with attendees being able to act as mentors to 6-12th grade students as part of a Space Camp event at Taylor. The conference officially started with the conference welcome given by Dr. Don Takehara and was concluded with a student poster competition and networking session. Seven student groups participated in the poster competition with Ellie Hoover and Tao Qian from DePauw University taking home first prize for their poster on a balloon-borne multi-wavelength photometer.

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  • Conference attendees prepare to launch a high altitude balloon

    2012 Conference Wrap Up

    The 2012 Academic High Altitude Conference concluded on Friday June 29th in Nashville, TN at Trevecca Nazarene University. The conference consisted of two days of technical and educators workshops and three days of presentations, discussion and networking. Keynote presentations were delivered by: David Voss, Program Manager, University Nanosat Program, AFRL, Kirtland AFB; Mike Smith, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Aerostar International, Inc.; and Paul Verhage, Writer, Educator.

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  • 2011 Conference Wrap Up

    The 2011 Academic High Altitude Conference concluded on Friday June 24th in Ames, IA at Iowa State University. The conference consisted off two days of technical workshops and three days of presentations, discussion and networking and a student poster competition. A keynote presentation was given by David Pierce, Chief, Balloon Program Office, NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Conference attendees also participated in the launch of a high altitude balloon that included payloads from the technical workshop.

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