ITTC Project

KU High Altitude Balloon Experiment System and the KUBESat-1 Project

Project Award Date: 08-15-2003


The University of Kansas Balloon Experiment Satellite (KUBESat) project originated in late 2002. It is a cooperative effort between the senior design classes of KU Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments, the KU School of Education, Olathe North High School (ONHS), and Honeywell, the Department of Energys (DOE) SSNA Kansas City Plant.

The primary goal of this program is to design, build, test, and operate a satellite-like vehicle, commonly called a BalloonSat. It will contain one or more experiments and will be launched on a weather balloon. The BalloonSat launch vehicle and recovery system was developed to support the KUBESat program and the KU High Altitude Balloon System (KU HABS). HABS consists of a weather balloon for ascent, a parachute for descent, and an instrument module (HABS BalloonSat) that contains a GPS receiver and transmitter to downlink its position to the ground. It also has various subsystems to support the safe operation of the HABS BalloonSat and additional experiments that it can carry onboard.

The primary purpose of the first KUBESat mission, KUBESat-1, is to test a miniature S-band transmitter system provided by Honeywell, Inc. Also contained onboard KUBESat-1 (and partly on HABS) is a multiple-instrument experiment provided by ONHS. A secondary objective of the program is to help with the development of KU satellite projects the KUTESat (in construction phase, right now) and the KUDOSat (in the conceptual design phase). The KUHABS and KUBESat programs have actively involved industry and education outreach in the design and development phase to focus industry attention for the future production phases.


Faculty Investigator(s): Trevor Sorensen (PI)

Student Investigator(s): Nikhil Paruchuri, Karthikeyan Varadarajan, Corey Carson, Gopalakrishna Anantha, Wai Pang Yau, Marco Villa, Srinath Vaidyanathan, Sriram Chadalavada, Umakanth Mogili, Daniel Duda, Dileep Kumaraswamy, Senthil Shanmugham, Abdulqadir Ahmed, Robert Yeganeh, Ethan Good

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Honeywell

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