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INSGC: Near-Space Inspiring Students 02/29/08 StratoStar Systems LLC Jason Krueger, President 236 West Reade Ave Upland, IN 46989 765.382.0451 Overview Taylor University H-A Balloon Program StratoStar Systems 2007 HALO Project 2008 HALO II Project

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INSGC: Near-Space Inspiring Students

02/29/08

StratoStar Systems LLC

Jason Krueger, President

236 West Reade Ave

Upland, IN 46989

765.382.0451


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Overview

  • Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

  • StratoStar Systems

  • 2007 HALO Project

  • 2008 HALO II Project

  • NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

  • Testing Satellite Systems

    • Taylor University needed to test it’s CubeSat sub-systems

    • Equipment for lab testing was not available

    • Dr. Hank Voss & Jeff Dailey decided to launch the CubSat into Near-Space

    • Dr. Voss & Jeff developed 900 Mhz telemetry system


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

First Launch February 2003


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

First Launch February 2003

  • Partially funded by INSGC first Crosscutting Research Grant

    INSGC has funded the balloon program each year from 2003-2007 (Hopefully 2008?)


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

Students are the focus

  • Build Scientific & Engineering payloads

  • Track & Recovery payloads

  • Coordinating logistics

  • Working in teams

  • Managing budgets and schedules

  • Creative problem solving



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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

Balloon Launches for Non-Science Majors

  • Originally Physics and Engineering

  • Started launching with Astronomy students and Elementary Education students

  • Science is taken outside the classroom, lab and atmosphere

  • Makes Science “Real”


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

Student Quote:

  • I definitely think the balloon lab should be included in Astronomy...because it's a tangible way to see that this is really still a science, not an outdated sub-genre of physics in which you memorize the planets in our solar system.


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

Taylor Balloon Program History

  • 100% recovery rate

  • 72 launches in 5 years

  • Major contributor to growth of Physics & Engineering Department


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Taylor University H-A Balloon Program

INSGC Funding Multiplied

  • INSGC $ to Taylor is in $10,000s

  • Outside follow-on funding from INSGC funded projects is $400,000+

  • All student focused grants to build the STEM Workforce

  • $250K for NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops


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StratoStar Systems

Who are we?

  • Company has been in business for 2 years

  • Slogan “Gateway to Near-Space”

  • StratoStar has over 70 years combined R&D experience

  • 100% payload retrieval to date

  • Spun out of INSGC funded balloon program


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StratoStar Systems

StratoSat Complete Flight Package

  • StratoStar’s main product

Command Pod

Mobile Tracking Unit

Wireless Payload Pods

Parachute

Battery Charger

High-Altitude Balloon


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StratoStar Systems

What do we do?

  • Help people conducting launches and operate in near-space --“Gate-way to Near-Space”

  • Sell equipment to conduct launches

  • Provide training

  • Provide launch services


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StratoStar Systems

This will make it too easy for the Students

  • We supply the command unit and experiment pods – you do the rest

  • Taken away the things which discourage students and Institutions (Lost equipment & Data)

  • Students focus on Science and other all areas of engineering (Not just EE)

  • Success keeps students coming back for more!


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StratoStar Systems

Don’t let your boat sink! (Boat = Student Projects)


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StratoStar Systems

Your future student projects!


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StratoStar Systems

Who are your customers?

  • Higher Education – Taylor University, Cedarville University, DePauw University, University of Akron, University of Minnesota and more.

  • Industry & Government Agencies – SAIC, NOAA, Air Force, Navy and more


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StratoStar Systems

StratoStar’s New Altitude Control System

  • Up to 12 hours flight time

  • Uses normal Latex balloons

  • Flights without StratoStar’s altitude control system are about 2-3 hours

  • Opens the door to new scientific opportunities


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StratoStar Systems

Different ways to Near-Space

  • StratoStar launches your payloads

  • StratoStar conducts a high-altitude balloon launch with you at your institution

  • Purchase equipment and receive training to conduct your own launches


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StratoStar Systems

Visit our Website at:

www.StratoStar.net


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2007 HALO Project

High-Altitude Launch Opportunity (HALO) Project

Funded by: INSGC, StratoStar & Taylor University


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2007 HALO Project

Purpose

  • Give students in the Midwest a chance to launch payloads on a high-altitude balloon


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2007 HALO Project

Purpose

  • Test StratoStar’s cutting edge constellation mesh network (HALO Network)


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2007 HALO Project

The HALO Students

  • Students at each institution recruited a team

  • Teams built their own payloads


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2007 HALO Project

The HALO Students

  • Participated in conference calls with all other teams in the Midwest

  • Handled all operations related to launching a high-altitude balloon


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2007 HALO Project

HALO POD

  • Each institution received one HALO Pod

  • Each Pod Contained:

  • APRS Transmitter, GPS, Temp. Sensor, Pres. Sensor, Humidity Sensor, Geiger Counter and StratoStar’s Mesh Networking Radio.

    Each Institution added their own payloads for the launch


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2007 HALO Project

Taylor University: Mission Control


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2007 HALO Project

  • DePauw University: Greencastle, IN

    • All images taken from the same camera


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2007 HALO Project

  • Cedarville University: Cedarville, OH


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2007 HALO Project

  • University of Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN




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2007 HALO Project

HALO Coverage Area


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2007 HALO Project

  • Successful Project Summary

    • 5 of 8 balloons connected to the create the mesh network constellation.

    • Temperature, Pressure, Humidity, and Geiger Counter data was sent through constellation

    • All payloads were recovered

    • Furthest link was over 270 miles


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2007 HALO Project

  • Project Summary (People involved)

    • 70 Students actively involved

    • 110 People attend the launches

    • 1000’s Read the News articles on the HALO project

    • Each Institution received media coverage of some form

    • More to come – Academic Publications



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2008 HALO II Project

HALO II Details

  • Sept. – Oct. 2008

  • 20 Institutions

  • No balloon experience needed

  • Looking for people to participate

  • Looking for Science experiments to fly

    Contact Jason Krueger if you are interested – [email protected]


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • Integrate High-Altitude balloon launches into the classroom and curricula of undergraduate science and engineering courses around the country.

Purpose


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • Training and equipping undergraduate professors / instructors of all areas (not just Electrical Engineering and Aerospace) to implement balloon launches in a course which they are teaching.

Focus


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • Science and engineering experiments for undergraduate courses

  • Not on building an entire high-altitude balloon system.

Focus


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • Training on all aspects of high-altitude ballooning

  • Design and build science experiment

Activities


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

Conduct a night launch of a high-altitude balloon

Activities


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • Track and recover the your payloads

  • Analyze data from your experiment

  • Network with other professors who have successfully implemented ballooning into the classroom

Activities


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • One Free balloon launch at your University with equipment funded by NSF

  • Follow-up support from Taylor University on implementation of ballooning in your curriculum.

Post Workshop Benefits


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

  • No cost to attend (limit 5 per institution)

    • (travel & lodging not included)

  • Each institution receives $200 stipend

  • Short two page application

  • 2 day workshop

  • Offered Twice May 21-22 or Aug. 4-5 2008

Registration Details


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NSF High-Altitude Balloon Workshops

Conference Website

  • www.taylor.edu/cri/balloon.

    Open for Registration

Registration Details


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StratoStar Systems

236 West Reade Ave

Upland, IN

POC: Jason Krueger

765-382-0451

[email protected]

www.StratoStar.net


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