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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. Radios operating in the amateur radio bands relay positional information obtained from the Global Positioning Satellite network to tracking teams on the ground.

Most recent flight:

BASE 108  20 July 2019:  Launch at  8:52 AM EDT from Blackstock Stadium at DePauw University. Balloon reached a maximum reported altitude of 108,858 feet.  Landing west of Greencastle near the intersection of CR 75 South and CR 825 West.  Total flight time was 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Total distance traveled by the balloon was 56.5 miles.




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