Thesis Proposal Presentation by Badders on Tuesday, Sept. 10th
Space Studies master’s student, Brian Badders, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows.
When: Tuesday, September 10th at 2:00PM
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Hybrid Near-Space Technologies for Affordable Access to Suborbital Space
Topic: High power rockets and high altitude balloons are two near-space technologies that could be combined in order to provide access to the upper mesosphere and eventually suborbital space. This "rockoon" technology has been used by several large budget space programs before being abandoned in favor of even more expensive, albeit more accurate, ground launch systems. With the increased development of nano-satellites and atmospheric sensors, combined with rising interest in global atmospheric data, there is a new need for affordable access to extreme altitudes that does not necessarily require the precision of ground launches.