Joseph B. Habeck

Joseph (Joey) is currently working with NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant High-altitude Ballooning Team on a project that aims to characterize the particulate content of the stratosphere. Specifically, he is supporting the development of a low-cost particulate-measuring payload that uses an optical particle counter to perform in-situ particulate measurements. His role then includes using the resulting […]


Jordan Bartlett

Jordan is currently working for the Minnesota Space Grant High-Altitude Ballooning Team. Through the team, she has worked on a project designing and testing a device to simulate the launch of CubeSats in a ballooning environment. The CubeSats remain attached to the ballooning stack but are “deployed” from a mock P-POD to expose them to […]


Ethan Och

Ethan is a junior, majoring in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics and minoring in Astrophysics and Computer Science, at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. He is originally from the small town of Swanville, Minnesota. He has participated in web development projects for the MnSGC and also web development projects and documentation reviews for […]


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 […]