High Altitude Balloons Team

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The Balloon team constructs and launches high altitude latex balloons with experimental payloads. To date, the team has launched and recovered 43 high altitude balloons to as high as 120,000 feet with thermal controls, satellite communication, and scientific payloads. They have launched a balloon all the way across the continental United States, and are currently working to enable balloons to fly even further. The Balloons Team Faculty Advisor is Dr. Marco Pavone.

Balloon payloads are launched with state-of-the-art equipment constantly re-envisioned by the team. Recent additions include altitude control mechanics for latex balloons, including a gas venting valve and ballast dispenser, as well as a custom flight control system, two-way satellite communications, an intelligent altitude control algorithm, and more. The goal of the team is to push the bounds on its current latex balloon flight hardware, both in terms of flight time and flight distance.

The current team leads are Davy Ragland and Paige Brown.




The team has four primary project teams, which can be clicked below to see their respective pages. They Include:
ValBal, a long-endurance, low-cost latex balloon altitude-maintenance platform that holds multiple world records for endurance, and has flown as far as Morocco.
HABEES, the balloons project team responsible for all balloons standard-profile electronics, RF, and flight software systems.
habhive, the balloons mechanical-engineering project team, responsible for development of payload structures & novel mechanical projects to be flown on balloons.
habmc, the balloons team mission-control software, a powerful web-app that provides real-time data, analytics, and controls of balloon flights.

The balloons team is committed to openness and diversity in projects; project teams serve to facilitate member interests and novel new ideas and propositions; talk to the balloon co-leads or the relevant project leads if you have an awesome idea you'd like to try out!


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Balloon Launches
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