Project Summary Project Information

High altitude balloons are used by both researchers and hobbyists to explore near space altitudes while operating within an affordable budget. The RIT Space Exploration group is planning to launch a high altitude balloon into near space environment (>100,000 ft.) in order to test CubeSat subsystems. Instrumentation for such flights can be designed to collect, record and transmit various sensor data including temperature, pressure and images. An instrumentation platform will be constructed to collect this vital data along with transporting the experimental subsystem modules for future operations.

The goal of this project is to create an instrumentation platform capable of sustaining high altitude environments and capturing/storing sensor data for transmission. Captured data includes temperature, pressure, inertial measurements, and digital images. Select sensor data will be overlaid on the captured video stream and sent to the communications subsystem for transmission to a ground station. Captured sensor data will also be stored to an SD card and packaged for transmission. A reaction wheel assembly will be designed and implemented to stabilize the instrumentation platform in one axis. The resulting design must be fully functional in conjunction with HABIP-COMMS, while operating nominally up to 120,000 feet elevation for at least 3 hours. The design must weigh less than 2 pounds and the ground recovery signaling system (GRSS) must be operational for 24 hours after launch.

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Project Name
High Altitude Balloon Instrumentation Platform Data Acquisition & Control System (HABIP-DAQCS)
Project Number
Partner Project
High Altitude Balloon Communications (HABIP-COMMS)
Start Term
End Term
Project Guide
Vincent Burolla
Faculty Guide
Dr. Dorin Patru
Primary Customer
Dr. Dorin Patru
Sponsor (financial support)
Boeing & Maxon Motor
Project Readiness Package
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Team Members

The Team

The Team

Member Role Contact
Sydney Kaminski Project Manager sgk8024@rit.edu
Lincoln Glauser Lead Embedded Engineer ldg4627@rit.edu
Chris Schwab Lead Hardware Engineer cms5240@rit.edu
Steven Giewont Lead Controls Engineer sjg5735@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Component Schematics and Drawings

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


We would like to acknowledge the guidance of Dr. Dorin Patru and Vincent Burolla.