As part of World Space Week, we are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC), the world’s largest high altitude balloon event! The challenge is simple – coordinate people around the world to design, build, and fly a high altitude balloon anytime between April 10th and April 27th, 2015.
In our inaugural challenge, 57 teams from 18 countries and 6 continents launched and recovered their payloads. Participants ranged from students and teachers, from experienced teams to those launching for the first time, and from college kids to children and their parents. Teams created their own zero pressure balloon, radios, and flight termination units to measure the ozone, magnetic field, humidity, temperature, and more. We encourage you to see some of the most amazing achievements and stories at http://www.balloonchallenge.org/results
This year we are hoping to make the GSBC bigger and better and we need YOUR help. Registration will officially open when our new website launches on November 17th, 2014 and both experienced teams and people who have never launched a HAB before are encouraged to join! We are also looking for community organizers to become official parts of the GSBC organization and help recruit teams from their areas. Please head to our current website to be notified when registration opens or to join the effort as a community organizer or advisor – any and all help and feedback is most welcome!
Join us and let your ideas fly to the edge of space!
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