Category Archives: Near Space

“Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space” – new book about Mini-Cubes

Gregory Cecil has released his first book, Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program

A book written for secondary public and private school STEM instructors, home schooling, and undergraduate STEM courses of study explaining how to set up their own student focused “space program” utilizing the Mini-Cube Program. With this STEM Project Based Learning Activity, students can have the unique, affordable, and challenging opportunity to send experiments via high altitude balloon to an altitude of 100,000 feet (20 miles or 32 km), commonly known as the “edge of space.”

Utilizing the scientific method, team work, research, and communicating in writing the results and applications for peer review, students will participate in the full cycle of an actual experiment from the original question to the published results and conduct true science at the edge of space.

It is currently available in Kindle format and he says a print copy will be released in a few weeks.

JP Aerospace flies Mini-Cube payloads to Near Space via their high altitude air ships.


HASP (High Altitude Student Payload) brought back near space infrasound

The High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) is a high altitude balloon system

designed to carry up to twelve student payloads to an altitude of about 36 kilometers with flight durations of 15 to 20 hours using a small volume, zero pressure balloon.  It is anticipated that the payloads carried by HASP will be designed and built by students and will be used to flight-test compact satellites or prototypes and to fly other small experiments. 

A launch of a HASP payload in 2013:


The program, sponsored by NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium, seeks

to foster student excitement in an aerospace career path and to help address workforce development issues in this area. HASP plans to provide a “space test platform” to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.  By getting the students involved with every aspect of the program HASP hopes to fill the gap between and student built sounding balloons and satellites, while also enhancing the technical skills and research abilities of the students.

One experiment on a flight in 2014 measured very low frequency sound waves, referred to as infrasound, at high altitudes for the first time in decades: Eerie ‘X-Files’ Sounds Recorded From the Edge of Space – Discovery News

Here is a sampling of what they recorded:

Here’s the caption to the video:

Infrasound recorded on a high altitude balloon during the 2014 HASP flight. The balloon floated at approximately 22 miles above sea level for 5.6 hours, travelling about 450 miles in the process. The research was featured in articles on Live Science and the Huffington Post as well as featured on the BBC and National Public Radio.

The sound has been sped up 100 times in order to bring it into the audible range. The original clip featured in the media was sped up by 1000x (see the video “Infrasound in the Stratosphere II), and thus had less audible detail.

JP Aerospace flies margaritas to edge of space

JP Aerospace continues to find customers for high altitude commercials: Flying Margarita! – JP Aerospace Blog

JPA were tasked once again to show that space is for everybody!   On National Margarita Day we send blenders, cameras and a particular famous mix to the edge of space.

The team travel to Arizona for this flight. Balloons were flown, margarita were mixed and frozen by the atmosphere itself and amazing video was created.

This brings our flight total to 176.

See also Jose Cuervo Mixes a Margarita in Space and Parachutes It Back to Earth – Adweek


JPA also continues with its high altitude airship development: Ascender 26 Float Test – JP Aerospace Blog


Help capture a 360 deg view of solar eclipse from stratosphere above the North Pole

The high-altitude balloon near-space adventure company zero2infinity has opened a crowd-funding campaign to sponsor a balloon project to film the upcoming total solar eclipse that will be visible above the arctic circle: bloon: 360 view of a Total Solar Eclipse from Space – Indiegogo

Help us record the first ever spherical video of an
eclipse from the Stratosphere!

This is our last chance to capture the shadow of the Moon
over the northern ice cap before it melts

On the 20th of March 2015, at the North Pole, there will be a total solar eclipse. This is an extraordinary and very rare event, that has never been thoroughly documented and will take thousands of years to happen again. After 6 months of polar night, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun and will darken this infinitely white snow-covered region. Add to that, the very high probability of Northern lights lighting up the sky, and you can imagine what a magical moment this will be.


Unfortunately there is a very high probability of cloud cover at those latitudes, which means the event will not be as impressive seen from the ground. What we are proposing is to fly higher, much higher, with a stratospheric helium balloon, from Svalbard in Norway, the only populated area from which the eclipse will be fully visible. The balloon won’t only fly above the clouds, it will come close to space, and the view will be incredible.

On the day of the eclipse, when the Moon will obscure the Sun, the stars and the planets will become visible and the shadow of the Moon will be seen going over the Earth. We will record this with a spherical camera that will cover a 360º angle. We are the only company in the world ever having flown such a camera in Space. The results are spectacular:

Check out what you will enable us to do:

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