Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

High Altitude Balloon Mission

The CPSX led High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Mission is a multidisciplinary project that aims to engage Western students from various departments including Biology, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Education, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Geography, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Microbiology & Immunology, and Physics & Astronomy.

Our launches are projected to occur annually with payloads that can be leveraged for use in multiple science experiments. Each year the science team will design new experiments that will build off results from the previous launch, and / or standalone experiments. Novel experiment designs will require a strong team of engineers to assemble the payload and develop unique engineering solutions tailored to each experiment.

We also recognize the opportunity the HAB Mission presents for STEM outreach. Our future plans for outreach include strengthening our presence on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, as well as organizing high school visits and youth experiment design competitions.

So, if you’re a senior undergraduate student or a graduate student, and you’re interested in sending Western science to near space, then consider joining our team of exceptional explorers. We are always open to input for science experiments, engineering solutions and outreach initiatives. Reach out to this year’s executive team or have a listen to our Grad Cast interview here to learn more.

2018 Executive Team

 

2018 Science Team

 2018 Engineering Team

· Bita Azad (Biology)

· Deanna Hersey (Biology)

· Elise Harrington (Earth Sciences)

· Jamie Block (Biology)

· Jennifer Newman (Earth Sciences)

· Jordan Hawkswell (Earth Sciences)

· Mohammed Chamma (Physics and Astronomy)

· Shayla Kroeze (Biology)

· Shayam Patel (Biology)

· Blake Jones (Software Engineering)

· Jon Kissi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

· Kelsey Doerksen (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

· Mohammad Chamma (Physics and Astronomy)

· Nicole Devos (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

· Paul Salvatore (Computer Science)

· Rafael Aguiar (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

· Yunus Amer (Computer Science)