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Students discuss balloon challenge with Local 4 News

Posted: April 21, 2014

Students discuss balloon challenge with Local 4 News

The Michigan Balloon Recovery & Satellite Testbed (MBuRST) student research team spoke with Local 4 News about the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

The challenge, which runs from April 18 to 24, is an international education outreach and collaboration project to encourage people from around the world to build and launch their own high-altitude balloon science experiments. The challenge has inspired eighty-seven teams from twenty-nine countries on six continents to participate.

Local 4 News Meteorologist and Reporter Andrew Humphrey, an AOSS alumnus, spoke with graduate students Nathan Hamet and Rachel McLoughlin from MBuRST. In the video, Humphrey describes the opportunities that teams have in the challenge.

“They have the chance to win prizes for highest altitude, best design, best experiment and best photo. Plus, it fits right in line with future career goals,” Humphrey said.

"It gives them that exposure, that fun experience, that maybe will be the one thing that will push them into the field,” McLoughlin said of the students in the challenge.

The challenge is the result of collaboration between engineering students at the University of Michigan, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

To watch the video, click here.

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