Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Engineering Students Testing Balloons to Provide Internet in Remote Locations

Posted: April 19, 2011

Students enrolled in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences 583 — a space systems design class taught by Lecturer Darren McKague — are working on sending balloons to high altitudes, though these balloons aren’t for gazing at beautiful landscapes.

The students are part of the high-altitude balloon teams in the College of Engineering, which are experimenting with using the balloons to extend the availability of the Internet to rural areas and disaster zones.

The dozen students in the class, as well as other Engineering students, participate in the teams, which experiment with the basics of ballooning and aiming to use ballooning to expand the availability of mobile technology.

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