High Altitude Balloon

Colbert Launch, Part 3: Test Launch

Colbert Launch, Part 3: Test Launch

In this post, join us as we launch a test payload with our planned equipment (GoPro Camera, Colbert Platform, Astronaut Ice Cream) to ensure everything will be ready for the actual Colbert launch. Come Launch with Us!

Near-Space Balloon Burst Altitude Calculator - Science

Near-Space Balloon Burst Altitude Calculator - Science

Perhaps you recognize this post's cover photo from a recent Late Show with Stephen Colbert skit: Astronaut Ice Cream is a Lie. Indeed, that skit used Launch with Us planning and flight hardware to plan for, execute, and retrieve the space ice cream payload. To make sure that we reached our objective altitude, we had to ensure that we chose the proper launch configuration. How did we do it? More about predicting altitude is below, while more details on the story of the Colbert launch itself will be coming in the next blog posts!

Camera Options for Near Space Balloon Missions

Camera Options for Near Space Balloon Missions

"Pics or it didn't happen." This article will make sure that this is one phrase you'll be ready to address before (and after) your next near-space balloon launch.

Learn all about different camera options in this week's blog post.

Parachute Size Estimator for Near Space Balloons

Parachute Size Estimator for Near Space Balloons

While your High Altitude Balloon (HAB) payload may not be as critical as an Apollo mission returning from space, it still requires careful thought and planning. It is important that you balance the trade-offs such as a safe impact speed (slower descent) with a longer descent time and travel distance (faster descent is more desirable).

Learn how in this blog post.

High Altitude Weather Balloon Laws and Regulations

High Altitude Weather Balloon Laws and Regulations

Although High Altitude Balloon (HAB) launches can be fun and educational, care must be taken to abide by the governing laws and regulations to ensure the safety of pilots and those that may be impacted by the launch and landing. This blog post will cover the applicable laws and regulations that apply to High Altitude Weather Balloon launches.