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High Altitude Scientific Ballooning (Near Space Engineering). Background. NASA Idaho Space Grant joined the National Space Grant Student Satellite “Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly!” Program in 2003 with introduction of Idaho RISE

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High Altitude Scientific Ballooning

(Near Space Engineering)


Background
Background

  • NASA Idaho Space Grant joined the National Space Grant Student Satellite “Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly!” Program in 2003 with introduction of Idaho RISE

  • First element of this program is Crawl: to develop capability to build, test, fly, operate, and recover scientific hardware from high altitude balloons.

  • Next Steps

    Walk: Suborbital/sounding rocket flights

    Run: Satellites for Earth orbit

    Fly: Spacecraft for deep space operations

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Idaho rise
Idaho RISE

  • RISE (Research Involving Student Engineers and Educators) is a state-wide program.

  • Multidisciplinary program involving students from all departments in the College of Engineering, as well as Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Education, and many other departments .

  • Students design, build, test and fly science payloads up to 100,000 ft.

  • UI Chapter of RISE is Idaho VAST: Vandal Atmospheric Science Team

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Flight history
Flight History

  • RISE 03_01 5 Apr 2003 94,000 feet

  • RISE 03_02 12 June 2003 98,000 feet

  • RISE 03_03 24 July 2003 88,000 feet

  • RISE 04_01a 28 Aug 2004 90,000 feet

  • RISE 04_01b 28 Aug 2004 100,700 feet

  • RISE 04_02 26 Sept 2004 87,000 feet

  • RISE 05_01 10 Apr 2005 91,000 feet

  • RISE 05_02 29 Oct 2005 Unknown

  • RISE 06_01 25 Feb 2006 40,000 feet

  • RISE 06_02 22 Oct 2006 10,000 feet

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Flight History

  • RISE 07_01 21 April 2007

  • RISE 07_02 15 May 2007

  • RISE 07_03 29 Sept 2007 87,400 feet

  • RISE 08_01 2 March 2008 49,300 feet

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Facts
Facts

  • Commercial airlines cruise between 30,000-40,000ft

    (9-12 km)

  • International Space Station orbits at 1,150,000 ft (350km)

  • Balloons can reach above 100,000 ft (30 km):

    • Pressure: 1% of sea level

      (near vacuum)

    • Temperature -130o F (-90o C)

    • Sky is black

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Organization
Organization

Leadership Team

Flight Director: A. Howard

Asst. Flight Dir: G. DeRuwe

Systems Engineer: J. Schlee

Space Grant

Faculty Advisor

Ground Station

Lead: E. Hart (CS)

Control & Data Handling

Lead: C. Douglas (EE)

Science / Engineering

Lead: J. Smith (CompE)

Outreach

Lead: A. Dodd (Creative Writing)

Structures

Lead: B. Holmes (ME)

Communication

Lead: J. Nance (EE)

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Inspiration
Inspiration

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Projects
Projects

  • Current and Future Projects

    • Acoustic altimeter

    • Temperature/Acceleration sensors

    • Basalt magnetic field sensing experiment

    • Small atmospheric entry probe

      prototype development

    • Improved imaging capabilities

    • Command uplink capability

    • Free fall probe with autonomous parachute deployment

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Senior design summary
Senior Design Summary

  • Design a descent probe:

    • Small in size (Ø30 cm)

    • Low mass (3 kg)

    • Aerodynamically stable

    • Instrumented with dynamic and atmospheric sensors

    • Capable of both sending and storing sensor/tracking data real time

  • Design an experiment to test data acquisition, tracking, structural, aerodynamic capabilities


What do i get out of this
“What Do I Get Out Of This?”

  • Hands-on experience applying knowledge build both in and out of class work

  • Build connections and relationships with people from a variety of disciplines and experience levels, including students/faculty connected to NASA

  • Freedom to experiment and learn

    your own way

  • Experience working in groups,

    including Leadership experience

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How to get involved
How To Get Involved

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Final notes
Final Notes

  • Potential for summer internships at JPL, NASA Ames

  • Potential for employment with NASA

  • Sounding Rocket Opportunities (June, 2008; May, 2009?)

  • Senior Design Projects (Terminal Velocity, Attitude Adjusters, Wireless TPS Sensors, MMOD Detection)

  • Graduate Research Opportunities

  • Planetary Probe Workshops

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