WMSI HAB Blog by Nick Sullo

 It was originally amazing pictures from near space that got me interested in high altitude ballooning (HAB). Breathtaking photos are being taken by amateurs, which look like they could have been taken during a NASA mission. There is so much more to high altitude ballooning than just the awesome pictures though; really interesting data can be collected and experiments can be done at the high altitudes that these weather balloons reach. The challenge of engineering something which can be sent to 100,000 feet and then recovered when it drops back down to Earth is also alluring. This blog will document the process WMSI took in building a HAB payload which can be recovered after reaching 100,000 feet.