Since 2013, a team of students at the University of Regina have been launching helium-filled stratospheric balloons, gathering data and taking photographs from the edge of space using easy-to-program do-it-yourself electronics. To date, launching a space balloon (and retrieving the payload afterward) has been difficult and expensive, but this team of students is developing a kit of equipment and instructions to make it easy for anyone to perform this experiment. As an avenue for science promotion, participating in launching and retrieving a space balloon and collecting and analyzing the data has enormous potential. The National High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABEX) program will enable schools, science centres, and other organizations across Canada to explore the stratosphere and share their findings with each other and the world.
Contents of S2SS2S Website:
- About – Overview of the project
- Sponsors – Fantastic contributors who help keep the project feasable
- Team Resources – Computer code, contacts of suppliers and printable logo
- Instruction Videos – Tutorials on how to assemble the components needed for the balloon and detection equipment
- Checklists – Team checklists to go over in the days and weeks before a launch
- Past Launches
- Contact Info – Get ahold of us to ask questions or find out how to get involved
Please print out our one-page project description for your own reference or to share the project with other science-enthusiasts, and check out a short video about the project below. We are also part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, so visit their website to see more projects like ours.