Christopher E. Carr, Sc.D.

Research Scientist


ASTRO 2013

We have applied to the NASA High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) program to fly our first payload, an electrostatic particle trap based on a design developed by Taewon Han and colleagues at Rutgers University. We received a spot and flew the payload in Sept, 2013.

Air Spora Trapping and Recovery Operation (ASTRO) is a student project led by Jessica Sandoval to recover high altitude biological particles and characterize them through sequencing.

What did we do?

  1. Build and test payload with a particle collector

  2. Fly as part of the HASP 2013 campaign (if selected) or another alternative

  3. Sequence collected particles

Image credit: Hamel & Thompson c/o Wikipedia

The HASP payload integration location: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility

See ASTRO Live Flight Operations page!

The 2013 flight has now completed. Stay tuned for results.

HASP Flight from CSBF, Ft. Sumner, NM, to Arizona on Sep 2-3, 2013 and Key ASTRO Payload Events