Dr. James Flaten

Professor James Flaten serves as the Associate Director of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC), a NASA higher-education program which involves state-wide promotion of all-things-NASA-related. He has taught freshman seminars at the U of MN – Twin Cities on high-altitude ballooning, high-power rocketry, quadcopters, and (mock) picosatellites called CubeSats.  He works with college students and […]


Austin Langford

Austin Langford is from Germantown, WI, and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  He has participated in high-power rocketry and stratospheric eclipse ballooning.  Austin had a summer 2017 internship at NASA Langley but returned to Minnesota in time to rejoin the ballooning team for the eclipse […]


Solar Eclipse Stratospheric Ballooning

Ballooning teams at the U of MN – Twin Cities, St. Catherine University, and the U of MN – Morris prepared science payloads then flew them from near Grand Island, Nebraska, into the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  (Note:  Partial eclipse coverage in MN was over 80%.)  The U […]