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Payload 10 Information

Payload Flight Number:

2014 - 10

University of Colorado Boulder
Payload Title:


Student Leader:
  • Cooper Benson
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Boulder,CO 80310
  • Email:cooper.benson@colorado.edu
Faculty Advisor:
  • Chris Koehler
  • COSGC Director
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • 520 UCB
  • Boulder, CO 80309
  • Email:Koehler@colorado.edu
  • Office:303-492-4750
  • Fax:303-492-5456
Payload class:
Payload ID Number:
10.3 kg
485 mA
Serial Commands:
Discrete Commands:
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due: 06/27/2014
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled: 08/08/2014
Flight Operation Plan
Due: 07/31/2014
Final Flight / Science Report
Due: 12/12/2014
HELIOS III shall observe the Sun in Hydrogen-Alpha wavelength. Observations in this wavelength on the ground are hindered by atmospheric interference. HASP will ascend above 99.5% of the Earth’s atmosphere, eliminating this issue. The HASP platform offers a low-cost alternative for solar observations. Additionally, the HASP platform has an extended float time that will give the payload more time to observe the Sun than a regular high altitude balloon flight. This is a re-fly of the University of Colorado’s 2012 and 2013 HASP teams’ missions, HELIOS I and HELIOS II. HELIOS III is attempting to re-fly the mission to overcome the technical issues that hindered the HELIOS I and II teams as well as improve upon the science results. HELIOS III will focus on improving the Optics, Attitude Determination and Control System, Command and Data Handling System and Electrical Power System of HELIOS I and II. HELIOS III aims to improve the reliability of these three systems, and utilize the full float operations capability of the HASP Platform. Due to the weight and size of the HELIOS III payload, a large payload seat is necessary for this mission.
Payload Integration Plan: