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 faculty on out-of-class NASA-related projects including building and flying miniature spacecraft into the stratosphere using weather balloons and developing science payloads for NASA suborbital rocket flights.  For two years he ran a quadcopter competition for community colleges and currently he works with Tripoli MN, a high-power rocketry club, to run the annual Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition.  His big emphasis for the summer and fall of 2017 was working with a student high-altitude ballooning team to fly experiments and video telemetry equipment into the path of totality of the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.  In the fall of 2017 he hosted a national post-eclipse ballooning conference – AHAC 2017 – for ballooning teams from around the country to share their eclipse-ballooning results.  Professor Flaten also conducts teacher workshops and outreach activities at local schools and for the general public on aerospace, astronomy, physics, and engineering.

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