Austin Langford

Austin Langford is from Germantown, Wisconsin, and majored in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. During his time in school, he 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 […]


Dr. James Flaten

Associate Director of the NASA Minnesota Space Grant Consortium. James Flaten is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


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 […]