About the Project

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.

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