Academic High Altitude Conference


2016 Academic High Altitude Conference

St. Catherine University - St Paul, MN

Conference June 29th - July 1st, 2016

Learn To Do Stratospheric Ballooning: introductory 2.5-day workshop June 25 - 27, 2016

Solar Eclipse Ballooning Techniques: technical 2-day workshop June 27-29, 2016

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission - May 4
  • Early bird registration - May 4
  • Paper notification - June 1
  • Final registration and housing- June 8

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AHAC History

Since 2008, Taylor University and StratoStar Systems have hosted High-Altitude Balloon Workshops for professors through funding provided by a National Science Foundation Grant. During these workshops, professors learned how to start their own balloon program using the High-Altitude Research Platform (HARP) and incorporate the balloon into the classroom.

In 2010, Taylor University created the Academic High-Altitude Conference (AHAC) in response to the desire of many of those participants to collaborate with other institutions and advance their programs. The Academic High-Altitude Conference is dedicated to the use of high-altitude platforms to advance STEM Education and Research. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, discussing best practices, and advancing the use of near-space to inspire students.

Conference Topics

Research in high-altitude ballooning

  • Meteorology and atmospheric science
  • Physics and space science
  • Environmental science and remote sensing
  • Chemistry and biology
  • Collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects

Educational opportunities in high altitude ballooning

  • Balloon flights in K-12 STEM education
  • Balloon flights in core undergraduate courses
  • Balloon flights in advanced lab courses
  • Collaborations between the university and the public through balloon flights

Technical development in high-altitude ballooning

  • Launch systems and prediction tools
  • Data logging and communication systems
  • Real-time and programmable control systems
  • Flight stability and return systems
  • Tracking and recovery
  • Engineering special mission requirements