Congratulations to the 2014 High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Challenge winners!
2nd Place: University of Central Florida, exploring the effects of radiation on 3D printed plastics.
3rd Place: University of Arizona, testing the plausibility near-space payload solar power generation.
The 5 finalists conducted high altitude balloon experiments measuring a range of technical and environmental factors. Designing, building, and flying an experiment to the edge of space is no easy feat, but these teams all flew successful experiments and created professional posters to present their team’s work.
- The challenge is simple – build a less than 6 lb. payload to fly on a weather balloon.
- The timeline is short – All payloads must launch prior to May 31st, 2014.
- The winners will be creative – Three teams will be selected based on the novelty of their payloads as shown with a poster that can presented at the SpaceVision Conference. The first place team will win 5 registrations for SpaceVision 2014.
The 2014 competition outline can be found below:
HAB Competition Outline
Chris Nie is a graduate student studying Aerospace Engineering Sciences with a focus in Bioastronautics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Currently, he is a research assistant developing and operating scientific payloads for use on the International Space Station.