Current News

Aug 30, 2011: LaACES Fall 2011 Lectures begin at LSU; click here for schedule.

June 22-24, 2011: LaACES Participants and staff present at Academic High Altitude Conference at Iowa State University

May 22-27, 2011: Launch week for ACES-23, -24, and -25 launch at the Columbia Scientific Ballon Facility in Palestine, TX

Mar 26, 2010: ACES-15 (HABITAT-3) Preparing for Launch 03/27/10 Launch. Track it here

Feb 19, 2010: ACES-15 (HABITAT-3) Preparing for Launch 20/10/10 Launch. Track it here

May 19, 2009: ACES-13 Launches @ 12:14 UTC

May 19, 2009: ACES-12 Launches @ 12:12UTC

May 21, 2007: LaACES arrives at CSBF Facility

May 2007: LaACES prepares for Launches in late May.

September 2006: LaACES underway at LSU, SUBR, UNO, McNeese, and LaTech

June 14, 2006: Recruitment for 2006-2007 underway 

May 29, 2006: Launch trip results for 2 ACES launches 

ACES students learning

The primary goal of the Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students (ACES) project, funded at Louisiana State University by NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, is giving students a true hands-on experience with project management, life-cycle, experiment construction, data collection, analysis and interpretation. 

During ACES students design, build, fly and analyze the data returned from small payloads (typical dimensions 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, typical weight ~500 grams) carried up to ~100,000 feet by a helium-filled latex sounding balloon.

Student built cosmic ray sensor

ACES-01 launch

The ACES pilot program, run during the 2002-2003 academic year, involved 13 LSU and SU students, grouped in 4 teams, that built payloads for studies in atmospheric science, cosmic rays and remote sensing. These payloads were then launched from the NASA National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) in Palestine, Texas on May 21, 2003.Most recently, the La ACES (Louisiana ACES) program has been selected for funding by NASA

During 2004-2005 La ACES has expanded the pilot program to five institutions across the state (See Groups page) and has included development of lectures and activities for a new Student Ballooning Course (see LaACES publications).  

Recovery the SU / LSU payload

Student teams at each of the LaACES institutions are now engaged in the development of their balloon payloads and we anticipate launch during May 2005 from the NASA NSBF.  We have also begun piloting an Advanced ACES program, for students who have completed the entry ACES "course", that includes participation in the student built MIMIC Mars probe spacecraft.

Management of LaACES is through the Louisiana Space Consortium with Dr. John P. Wefel as Principal Investigator.  See the LaACES Management page for contact information

See the Question & Answer (Q & A) page for the ACES FAQ and Discussion Group