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Solar Eclipse Ballooning with a Multiband Tracking Subsystem for Undergraduate Research Experience

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 3

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Electrical and Computer

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Wookwon Lee Gannon University

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Wookwon Lee, P.E. received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Inha University, Korea, in 1985, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He is currently an associate professor and department chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Gannon University, Erie, PA. Prior to joining Gannon, he had been involved in various research and development projects in industry and academia for more than 15 years.

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Nicholas B. Conklin Gannon University

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Nicholas B. Conklin received a B.S. in applied physics from Grove City College in 2001, and a Ph.D. in physics from Penn State University in 2009. He is currently an associate professor and chair of the Physics Department at Gannon University, Erie, PA.

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This paper discusses an on-going research project that offers an undergraduate research platform in electrical and computer engineering (ECE), especially for high-altitude ballooning in near space, that attracts and engages students in undergraduate research early on, and improves their overall learning experience at college. We first briefly describe an existing ballooning system designed for the 2017 solar eclipse project, and then provide details of the subsystems of our own payload that integrates three different modes of communication technologies to enhance tracking capability of the balloon system. Combined with the Iridium-based balloon tracking, our multiband tracking system can be a useful tool for tracking of high-altitude ballooning systems and provide a platform of undergraduate research for further enhancements or modifications, ultimately contributing to improving the student learning experience.

Lee, W., & Conklin, N. B. (2017, June), Solar Eclipse Ballooning with a Multiband Tracking Subsystem for Undergraduate Research Experience Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.

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