UMAINE’S HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING PROGRAM
Dr. Rick Eason
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maine
Friday, November 9th, 2018, 2PM
138 Sawyer Building Conference Room
Abstract: Rick Eason, an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maine started his high altitude ballooning program in early 2011 with funding from the Maine Space Grant Consortium. Dr. Eason and his students launch high altitude balloons with payloads totaling up to 12 pounds into the stratosphere typically reaching altitudes of around 35 kilometers. The payloads are tracked and recovered after of a flight of around two and a half hours. To date, he and his students have launched around 90 high altitude balloons with 100% payload recovery. In this presentation Dr. Eason will describe the high altitude ballooning activity and will relate some of his experiences.