The Space Minor has designed a special program that allows any student in the Space Minor an opportunity to build a balloon payload and launch it to the edge of space! Students are challenged to design, fabricate, launch, recover, and analyze data from balloon payloads. 

This is a chance for any student to learn foundational skills through a series of modules to complete a balloon payload. This will be a fast-paced, self-motivated program, in which students are responsible for completing all the modules in order to move on to complete their own balloon payload and be ready to launch that balloon payload at the beginning of November. 

This Fall 2022, we will be kicking off another year of this program, and encourage any student that has completed the course Pathway to Space (ASEN 1969) to apply! There will be limited spots available!

Deadline for fall 2022 applications is September 1st at midnight. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does B.U.F.F.S stand for?

Building Upon Firsthand Foundational Skills: A program to help students from any background and major learn the tools needed to create their own balloon payload. 

What if I haven't completed Pathway to Space (ASEN 1969)?

Unfortunately at this time, we are only allowing students who have gone through the required Space Minor course to be eligible for the program. But once you have completed the Pathway to Space (ASEN 1969) course, please be sure to apply for the program!

If I don't get selected, can I apply again?

Yes! We encourage students who wish to participate to apply as many times as it takes to get selected. We unfortunately can only have so many students participate in the program each semester due to supplies, and spots on the balloon launch. 

This semester will be busy for me, will this program be offered in the future?

Yes, depending on how the pilot goes this fall, we hope to have this program offered to students at least yearly, if not mulitple times a year, so be sure to check back with us in the coming semesters. 

Does this program have an associated cost?

At this time, students do not need to pay anything to participate in the program.