The first step to sending your Balloon Sat on a flight is to contact us and let us know that you wish to participate in the Balloon Sat program. If a class or other group is involved please give us a single contact person to represent all the students/experimenters.
Balloon Sats cost $1.00 USD per gram. To be scheduled to a flight, a $20 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Once the deposit has been received, your spot will be reserved on an upcoming scheduled Balloon Sat flight. We generally work to ensure that groups will have their Balloon Sat experiments flown together. Flights typically occur in the Spring starting in March or April, but can occur sooner if enough interest is available for a full flight. We typically schedule flights at least 60 days in advance. When your Balloon Sat experiment is manifested for a flight, you will receive an email mission briefing.
Each individual Balloon Sat experiment will be issued an ID number. You should write, stamp or label your experiment on the outside with this number. Make sure it’s permanent as well as heat, cold and water resistant.
No less than thirty (30) days prior to the flight, a description of the Balloon Sat Experiment must be sent to us. This description can range from a few simple sentences to a complex technical description depending on the complexity of the Balloon Sat experiment. Final experiments & payment must be received 15 days prior to the flight.
After the end of the flight the Balloon Sat experiments will be mailed back to you along with mission data collected from the flight sensors. The experiments can range from plant seeds to complete upper atmosphere labs with over a dozen sensors and a data logger. Balloon Sat experiments have been used for basic science inspiration and for class research.