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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

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lab should be included in Astronomy...because it's a tangible way to see that this is really still a science, not an outdated sub-genre of physics in which you memorize the planets in our solar system.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