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April 11, 2022
NASA has selected nine student teams to launch scientific payloads on a NASA heavy-lift balloon for the 16th High-Altitude Student Platform (HASP) mission flying during the fall 2022 campaign in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

HASP, which is led by the Louisiana State University’s Department for Physics, is a joint project between NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Balloon Program Office in Virginia, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium in Baton Rouge, and NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas.
“HASP provides higher education students with an authentic NASA experience to build a science payload, launch it, and analyze the data,” said Joyce L. Winterton, Wallops senior advisor for education and leadership development. “It encourages students to pursue STEM careers and become part of the future NASA workforce.”
HASP can support up to 12 student-built payloads. It houses and provides power, mechanical support, interfacing, data downlink, and command uplink communications for the instruments. Launched from NASA’s balloon launch facility in Fort Sumner, flights typically last 12 to 15 hours, flying in the stratosphere at an altitude of approximately 23 miles.
Since 2006, the HASP program has selected more than 182 payloads for flights, of which 144 have launched and 118 have been successful. The program has involved more than 1,400 students from 29 U.S. states and territories and four international teams.
Past student groups have flown instruments to compact satellites and prototype long-range communication devices, perform space science experiments, sample particles at the edge of space, perform remote sensing experimentation, test rocket nozzles, and measure infrasound to correlate with geophysical events.
This year’s student teams include:
Iowa State University and the University of the Virgin Islands will be flying for the first time on HASP.
For more information on the Wallop’s Balloon Program Office, visit http://www.nasa.gov/scientificballoons.

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