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IEEE-KC Space Challenge

Submit Ideas for our Annual Space Balloon Launch

IEEE-KC needs your help – each year we are in need of imaginative and adventurous experiment ideas for our annual space launch!  As our high-altitude balloon makes it’s journey to the edge of space, there will be extreme temperatures, from the current ground temperature at the time of launch to high-altitude temperatures in the vicinity of -90 degrees C (-130 degrees Fahrenheit). Other extreme conditions will also exist, such as atmospheric pressures less than 1 psi, elevated levels of natural radiation from space, jet stream turbulence and wind speeds of up to 200 mph, and descent speeds of over 100 mph. These conditions will pose certain challenges, but more importantly, they provide exciting opportunities for experimentation and data collection, which is where our request begins.  Submit experiment ideas at any time, and if selected not only will our team of volunteers develop, test, and launch your experiment in our payload, but you’ll also be invited to attend the space launch and post-launch event!  Ideas can be submitted to Chris Crance ( or Alan Washburn (

Want to know more about high-altitude balloon launches in general?  Check out this launch video made by 2016 LSNHS team members at this link.  Also, review the tutorial materials provided by the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

While the Space Balloon Challenge was established and is primarily funded by the Kansas City IEEE section, the two other founding partners are the Crance Family Foundation and Burns & McDonnell, both of which have provided resources that contributed to the initial establishment and continued success of the program. Volunteers from IEEE-KC worked closely with the student teams to make each year’s project a success. IEEE-KC is looking forward to the next launch and to reviewing as many experiment proposals as possible! Want to do more? Additional Volunteers are always welcome! For information contact Chris Crance ( or Alan Washburn (

We are astronomically grateful to our 2015-2016 Space Challenge Sponsor – the Crance Family Foundation, and to the significant volunteer support from Burns & McDonnell!  We would also like to thank Lee’s Summit HS Team Driven for the continued use of their shop space and equipment!

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