Bangalore: Antriksha Labs, a research and development company which focuses on miniature satellite solutions for the Indian small satellite mission, is organizing a “Balloonsat” competition for university students.
BalloonSats are inexpensive tools to put experiments in a near-space environment. The competition offers the opportunity to university students to have a first experience of a real space mission starting with design, through integration, testing, launching, data analysis and presentation of results. Students will be able to design and build a small electronic payload. The payload will be attached along with a ham radio, GPS tracker, radar reflector, and parachute to a latex balloon filled with helium. After continuously following the balloon’s trajectory with tracking equipment, the chase teams will pinpoint the balloon’s final landing destination. Post launch and recovery data acquisition will allow the students to analyse the cause of success and/or failure.