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Near-Space Balloon Platform Research

As part of the Student Satellite Initiative, the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) runs the Elijah High-Altitude Balloon project, which provides opportunities for students to fly their science experiments in a near-space environment. Student teams will design and build science payloads to be launched and retrieved from a high-altitude balloon that will ascend up to 100,000 feet or more before bursting.

Payload Team

Students selected for the Payload Team will design and build the payload. Students will be expected to define an important science question or set of questions that might be addressed by a high-altitude balloon flight, and then with the assistance of mentors, design and build a science-driven payload. Payload Team members also assist the Elijah Launch Team; track and chase the balloon as it traverses; retrieve the payload upon landing; and analyze the resulting data. Payload Team members present their results at the annual Wisconsin Space Conference.
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Launch Team

Students selected for the Launch Team commit to approximately three or four launches of the Elijah Balloon, to be scheduled mutually by the Launch and Payload Teams. Additionally, Launch Team members will be responsible for attending a 1-2 day training workshop in February or March and for running such a training workshop the following year. Launch Team members present their results at the annual Wisconsin Space Conference.
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