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Balloon Launch Assessment Directive for Everyone (BLADE)

BLADE is the quickest, most tangible way for students to gain industry experience. Since 2019, every academic year, each team of students will undergo a year-long design competition against their peers and follow a simplified and hands-on design process to achieve a high-altitude balloon (HAB) mission of their choosing. The winning team(s) will launch, collect data, and recover their BalloonSat from the HAB launch. The experience gained during BLADE allows members to be technically and programmatically prepared for Bronco Space’s main CubeSat projects and acts as a stepping stone and pipeline for future leadership positions in industry, Bronco Space, and other engineering projects at Cal Poly Pomona. 

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The Balloon Launch Assessment Directive for Everyone (BLADE) is a program intended to provide inexperienced students the opportunity to learn the processes of designing, building, testing, and launching a BalloonSat and HAB vehicle to enhance their engineering skills.

 

Each team is provided resources and training from seasoned members of Bronco Space to perform the necessary tasks to complete their mission, bringing on industry experience, textbook references, and sponsored manufacturing. As of Spring 2023, BLADE has completed 3 successful high-altitude balloon flights, with pertinent data collected by winning BalloonSat teams, AirSat and BatSat. 

Elevated Learning

**November 2021 Launch

Balloon Launch Vehicle (BLV)

The Balloon Launch Vehicle (BLV) acts as a payload fairing for BalloonSats, bringing each payload to 100,000 feet. Each team designs payload attachments according to BLV constraints and develops testing, and integration plans prior to launch day. 

**Exploded View

**High-Altitude Balloon Launch Deployment

2020-2021 
AIRSAT

AirSat Mission: Study muons (μ) that come from cosmic rays utilizing the primary Cosmic Watch payload

TEAM

-Luke Kohler

-Isabel Garcia

-Lizbeth Gamino

-Charles Ou

-Daniel Tran

-Andrew Avila

-Micheal Quench

2021-2022 
ABESAT

ABESAT Mission: Determine whether the attenuation of lead can prevent mutation in organic material due to cosmic radiation.

TEAM

-Ethan Casio

-Venscionas Kosashi

-Timothy Bogman

-Tate Reardon

-Stephanie Torres

-Emily Millward

-Dai Korte-Wormley

2022-2023 
HARPE

TEAM

-I promise we exist : )

MEET THE TEAM

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Giselle Revolorio

Program Manager 

gmrevolorio@cpp.edu

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Vencionas Kosashi

Flight Director

vkosasih@cpp.edu

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Chloe Lau
Logistics Coordinator

cvlau@cpp.edu

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Nathan Rong

Curriculum Author

nrong@cpp.edu

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