NASA High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) Payload Approved
Space Studies professor Ronald Fevig and two student teams have proposed for and successfully won spots on the NASA High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) flight. The HASP program launches student team payloads on a NASA zero-pressure high altitude balloon allowing them to fly at an altitude of approximately 120,000 feet for fifteen to twenty hours. The first payload is a continuing collaboration with Dr. Nirmal Patel at the University of North Florida. This will be the fifth year in which Drs. Fevig and Patel have collaborated to fly a student-built multi-gas sensor payload on HASP. The second payload involves a new mission concept recently developed by Dr. Fevig and UND students Marissa Saad (Space Studies) and Jonathan Snarr (Electrical Engineering). This payload will flight test a small telescope and characterize the vibrational state of the HASP gondola. The ultimate direction of this line of research is to facilitate the search for near-Earth asteroids at low solar elongation from high altitude balloon platforms. Dr. Fevig, the principal investigator and faculty advisor, has participated in the HASP program for the past 4 years.