|J. and CubeSats|
One such opportunity involves designing, building, and operating high altitude balloons. During Mach 30's strategic planning for 2011, the Mach 30 board decided to start its CubeSat development efforts by first building high altitude balloons. High altitude balloons offer many of the same design, fabrication, and operation challenges as CubeSats, at a fraction of the cost, making them ideal "kites". And, it turns out, there are several high altitude balloon programs near Ohio to partner with, as we learned from the high altitude balloon breakout session at the workshop. These programs include:
- Kentucky Space's Dropzone!
- LVL1's White Star Transatlantic Balloon
- Adler Planetarium's Far Horizons program which launches monthly
Sounds like a great partnership opportunity to me. Here's how I see it working. Mach 30 would provide project coordination, funding, and hosting (on Open Design Engine). Dayton Diode members who are interested in a high altitude balloon project would volunteer their time to build and operate the balloon. And Adler Planetarium would provide the experience (in the form of plans, procedures, and training). Ken from Adler has already expressed an interest in this proposal, and believes he can arrange for a live training opportunity for Dayton Diode members at one of the upcoming Far Horizons launches (the next one is in December). And Mach 30 has funds allocated for a high altitude balloon project. So, what do folks think? Is there still interest at Dayton Diode in a high altitude balloon project?
Note - this post is cross posted on Mach 30's blog.