High Altitude Balloons are very much a part of YUAA’s history. This year, Jack Roth ’19 and his team plan to continue that tradition with a balloon of their own. The YUAA HAB project aims to take advantage of the high altitude balloon’s ability to reach altitudes over 30km while carrying payloads of significant weight.
The HAB team is currently designing and constructing the balloon control system for use during the second semester. It will include a telemetry system capable of location tracking and payload monitoring. A camera will also be featured. The HAB project will develop housing for balloon systems with an emphasis on reusability, able to withstand multiple launches and keep electronics at a constant temperature. In addition, the balloon will launch with a biological payload designed to investigate the behavior of the Tardigrade and E. Coli at high altitudes.
During September balloon control systems were researched and a specific solution was designed for the purposes of this project. The payload enclosure was also designed during this time. In October the team began to program the control system and designed the biological payload experiment. The team is currently in the midst of constructing the payload.
The HAB team is overall working hard and is very excited to develop this project further!