Jack Stutler

Jack is a member of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant High-Altitude Ballooning Team. Jack’s primary focus is developing a low-cost particulate measuring payload to characterize the particulate content of the atmosphere around 100,000 ft altitude. He has also written a program to parse APRS data logs from balloon flights and is currently writing a sensor suite […]


University of Minnesota SmallSat Team – SOCRATES launched successfully!

The U of MN SmallSat team in the Twin Cities delivered their first 3-U CubeSat called SOCRATES (Signal Opportunity CubeSat Ranging And Timing Experiment System) and it was successfully carried to the ISS on the NG-12 launch of a Cygnus rocket from NASA Wallops in Virginia on Nov. 2, 2019.  SOCRATES is the first Minnesota-student-built […]


Dr. John Zobitz

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science at Augsburg University, where I have worked since 2007. My research involves the acquisition and processing of data collected through NASA. Primarily this includes ground based observations terrestrial earth observation data (eddy covariance data of net carbon dioxide exchange and associated […]


Elise Linna

Elise Linna graduated from Augsburg University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics. During her time at Augsburg, Elise participated in various research opportunities and teaching assistantships thanks to the NASA Space Grant. These opportunities included research on Graphene Oxide, assisting in a modern physics lab, and leading a group […]


Ryan Bowers

Ryan Bowers is from Buffalo, MN, and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He has participated in multiple MnSGC projects including high-power rocketry and stratospheric ballooning. He spent the summer of 2017 in the MnSGC Ballooning Lab developing and refining payloads for eclipse flights, and helped […]


The Space Grant (in-the-)Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition

The MnSGC and Tripoli MN, a local high-power rocketry club, are hosting the 2019-2020 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition in May of 2020. In this competition college student teams will design, build, and fly a high-power rocket to accomplish a “Photography/Altitude” challenge in which they will try to minimize roll during ascent to get […]


Mike Alves

Mike Alves in an alumnus of Augsburg University, where he studied Chemistry. In 2015, he researched human breath using mass spectrometric techniques, looking for and successfully identifying major breath compounds that are biomarkers for bodily processes. Currently, he is at the University of California-San Diego pursuing a PhD in Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry, funded for […]


U of MN – Duluth’s Bulldog Rocketry Team

The Bulldog Rocketry Team from the University of Minnesota – Duluth designed and built a rocket, propelled by a student designed hybrid engine, to fly in the 30,000 ft class at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC).  Their rocket finished second in their category in this international rocketry competition. A link to a 14-minute video […]


MnSGC Intercollegiate Quadcopter Challenge

The MnSGC is running an Intercollegiate Quadcopter Challenge for student teams from colleges and universities around the state. In this six-month-long activity the teams, plus their faculty advisor, will build a quadcopter from a kit, outfit it with camera(s) and microcontroller-logged sensors, then use it to “explore” an indoor area. An in-person fly-off will be […]