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BASE Research

The Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments (BASE) project is operated under the Physics & Astronomy Department at DePauw University with Dr. Howard Brooks.

Presently, the program uses high altitude weather balloons to carry scientific experiments into the stratosphere. Plans are under development to use alternative balloon materials to allow for extended duration flights.

The experiments are designed by DePauw students and by students at various schools in West Central Indiana. The primary communications and support system was purchased from StratoStar Systems.  Radios operating in the amateur radio bands also relay positional information obtained from the Global Positioning Satellite network to tracking teams on the ground.

Recent flights:

BASE 92  April 27 - from Greencastle Middle School,  IN.  Landed near Shipshewana, IN Burst altitude: 29.9 km

BASE 93   7 June - LaunchingINquiry.com from Fishers, IN.  Landed southside of Indianapolis. Burst altitude: 27.9 km

BASE 94 17 June  - Great Plains Superlaunch   Hutchison, KS  Landed iNewton, KS. Burst altitude: 31.3 km        

BASE 95 22 June  - from Northmont Schools.  Landed near Tipton, IN. Solar cell test. Burst altitude: 31 km

Upcoming schedule for flights in 2017:

BASE 96    29 June 2017    9:00 AM EDT   DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana

BASE 97    6 July 2017     9:00 AM EDT   DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana

BASE 98    11 July 2017     9:00 AM EDT   DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana

BASE 99    18 July 2017     9:00 AM EDT   DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana 

BASE 100  25 July 2017     9:00 AM EDT   DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana

BASE 101  31 July 2017     9:00 AM EDT   DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana

BASE 102    5 August 2017 7:45 AM CDT SpaceJam 11 Jamboree Rantoul, Illinois

BASE 103    9 September 2017 12:15 PM EDT Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days Greencastle, Indiana

 

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