P18104: High Altitude Balloon Instrumentation Package


Project Summary Project Information

The High Altitude Balloon Instrumentation Platform (HABIP) is a multi-functional system that allows users to collect and analyze data from near-space experiments. The device records internal data, and also telemeters data that has been gathered from an array of sensors to a ground communications center.

The goal of this project is to create the aforementioned array in a configuration that is lightweight, cheap to manufacture, and highly reliable. The final product will undergo a mission lasting for several hours in harsh conditions, and will parachute back to Earth from an altitude of over 100,000 feet to be recovered and analyzed.

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Project Name
High Altitude Balloon Instrumentation Platform (HABIP)
Project Number
Team Name
The Bad HABIPs
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
George Slack (2171) & Mark Indovina (2175)
Primary Customer
Dr. Dorin Patru
Sponsor (financial support)
Boeing via the Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Team Members

Left to Right: Jacob K, Daniel, Nicholas, Jake T, Brandon, James, Matt

Left to Right: Jacob K, Daniel, Nicholas, Jake T, Brandon, James, Matt

Member Role Contact
Jacob Kennedy Hardware Integration Engineer jrk4659@rit.edu
Daniel Mitchell Hardware Design Engineer ddm9599@rit.edu
Nicholas Lindley Communications Engineer njl6819@rit.edu
Jake Timmons Project Lead jkt5919@rit.edu
Brandon Codi Embedded Systems Engineer bxc4031@rit.edu
James Brumbaugh Structural and Thermal Engineer jdb8257@rit.edu
Matthew Chase Controls Engineer mxc8319@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase


Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Gate Reviews

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Gate Reviews

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Presentation & Dissemination




Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Design


P18104 Lightning Talk Video

Technical Paper



The team would like to thank our sponsor, Boeing, our customer, Dr. Dorin Patru, and our guides, Professors George Slack and Mark Indovina, for everything they have done to ensure the success of this platform. The project was also made possible with the support of Carlos Barrios, Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo, Jeff Lonneville, Ken Snyder, James Stefano, Dr. Robert Stevens, Matt Zachary, the RIT ME Machine Shop, and countless others that have dedicated their time and technical expertise to our pursuit of knowledge in the field of engineering.