The Student Organization for Aerospace Research houses a group of high altitude enthusiasts who love learning about space science through a ballooning platform. Small-scale sounding balloons are utilized to raise payloads anywhere from 60,000 to 120,000 feet into the air and collect scientific data. The balloons are then terminated and recovered by a team of students. The collected data is analyzed by our group and used to further our understanding of space science.
SOAR members are involved in every step of the ballooning process from design to post-launch recovery. The various skill sets of individuals are divided into payload, electrical, software, launch, and recovery teams.
The payload team is responsible for the design and creation of the research experiment being flown with the balloon. This team works closely with the electrical and software teams to fly a successful experiment.
The electrical team is in charge of any component and instrumentation work required for the chosen experiment. This can range from soldering work to flight equipment and anything in between.
The software team is in charge of programming any equipment that is being flown on the balloon. They are also responsible for the post-flight data collection and analysis.
The launch team consists of trained members who are able to successfully launch a high altitude balloon. This includes set up, helium fill, payload attachment, and launch procedures.
The recovery team is a group of trained members who remotely track the balloon and recover both the balloon and the payload at cut-down. These members return all equipment that was brought to the launch safely back to the SOAR lab.