MnSGC Announces 2022-2023 Eclipse-Balloon Intercollegiate Challenge.

Pre-Announcement of NASA’s
Minnesota Space Grant Consortium
2022-2023 Intercollegiate Challenge
More details coming September 2022

In the 2022-2023 school year the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium will run an Eclipse-Ballooning Payload Intercollegiate Challenge.

Challenge: Propose then develop a stratospheric spacecraft (AKA a “payload”) to study aspects of a solar eclipse, to be test flown (above Minnesota) one year in advance of the eclipse on April 8, 2023. Rain (or snow!) or shine!


The path of totality for the solar eclipse crossing North America on April 8, 2024.


Top Prize: The winning payload will be carried on a Minnesota Space Grant Consortium stratospheric balloon flight into the path of totality during the actual eclipse on April 8, 2024. Members of the winning team may travel too ($ not part of the prize).

An eclipse shadow, as seen from a MnSGC stratospheric balloon flight in August 2017.