Mon, Nov 09, 2009
Experiments Go To The Fringe Of Space
NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges
and universities who want to send their experiments to the edge of
space on a high-flying scientific balloon.
The annual NASA project provides near space access for 12
undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a
NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15
to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may
include compact satellites or prototypes.
The experiments are flown aboard the High Altitude Student
Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from
the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility's remote site in Fort
Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test
platform to encourage student research and stimulate the
development of student satellite payloads and other
HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research
abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering
and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between
NASA and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.
NASA's HASP houses and provides power, mechanical support and
communications for test articles and instruments. It can support
approximately 200 pounds of student payloads. Since 2006, the HASP
program has selected 44 payloads for flight, the work of more than
200 students from across the United States.
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