Eclipse Ballooning Project

Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning

BELIEFS: We believe strongly in making the most of this rare astronomical event, in the realms of the general public, education, and creating meaningful long-lasting partnerships. We also believe strongly in giving the student participants career-making opportunities. We endeavor to use the most cutting edge tools, resources, and communication.

WHAT: Students will conduct high altitude balloon flights from 30 locations across the 8/21/2017 total eclipse path, sending live video and images from near space to the NASA website. Video and images of a total eclipse from near space are fascinating and rare. It’s never been done live, and certainly not in a network of coverage across a continent.

Eclipse Ballooning Project

WHY: #1: Public engagement. The NASA Space Grant network is in a unique position to engage the public in a live, awe-inspiring perspective of the eclipse.

#2: Workforce development. This project presents an amazing hands-on learning opportunity for the hundreds of students who participate.

#3: Partnerships. Several long lasting partnerships with other federal agencies and with industry have developed and will continue to mature.

WHO: Official participation currently includes 55 teams from 30 states. Organization and planning is led by Montana Space Grant Consortium with assistance from many other Space Grant Consortia. 

EXPERIMENTS: In addition to the common camera payloads that will provide near real time footage of the moon’s shadow on Earth and the darkened sun, many teams will fly secondary payloads of their own design. Links to information and pictures about each team’s secondary payload will be included online.

Ballooning Project eclipse photo Flying Ballooning Project

Ballooning Project team

Participants’ website: http://eclipse.montana.edu