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The First Frontier: High Altitude Ballooning as a Platform for Student Research Experiences in Science and Engineering
American Journal of Physics
  • Shane L. Larson, Utah State University
  • John C. Armstrong
  • William A. Hiscock
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High altitude balloon platforms are ideal for providing hands-on research experiences for students in physics, atmospheric science, engineering, and other aerospace-related disciplines. We describe a basic high altitude balloon platform that can be constructed and operated by undergraduate students. The existing HARBOR and BOREALIS programs are used to illustrate some possible science and engineering research projects that students can pursue as part of a high-altitude flight program.


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The first frontier: High altitude ballooning as a platform for student research experiences in science and engineering Shane L. Larson, John C. Armstrong, and William A. Hiscock, Am. J. Phys. 77, 489 (2009), DOI:10.1119/1.3097775