We told you, the sky isn’t the limit for us.
Needless to say, sending something into orbit is still a bit of a challenge for us, but we’re determined to stay true to our motto. So what’s the next best thing? How does sending our own payload to over 100,000 feet sound? That’s exactly what the HAB (High Altitude Balloon) project is all about. What started as a little side project during the summer of 2014 has turned into an incredibly ambitious and exciting endeavour.
Our ultimate goal is to deploy an optimized glider from an incredibly high altitude, and have it automatically return to a preset location. Why? Well, the challenging thing about high altitude balloon payloads is that they end up landing hundreds of kiolmeters away from their starting point. And more often than not, a full blown orbital satellite mission isn’t necessary to do useful science. How cool would it be to send off your experiment, and have it land within reach a couple of hours later?
After launching our first successful mission already (PPOPS-1), we learned a lot about the science, engineering, and logistics behind balloon missions. We’re building everything from scratch – from our ground station chase/telemetry software and the payload’s firmware to electronics integrations (including basic atmospheric sensors) and mechanical actuation mechanisms to test performannce in trying high altitude environments.
Got an experiment you’d like to fly on our next mission? Get in touch with us, we’d love to collaborate.