Edited footage captured by a 360 camera on a payload built by students at Community College of Denver of the November 9th high altitude balloon flight of the COSGC DemoSat program: https://youtu.be/yd-E0EWADI0



Student Highlight

Natalie Alvarado


Natalie Alvarado is a sophomore in Environmental Engineering at CU Boulder. She is currently the Project Manager of CU Wearables Quest team, which is designing a wearable to non-invasively monitor stress by obtaining cortisol levels. While this is her first COSGC project, she is hoping to continue using her unique major to contribute to other projects in the future. Natalie's career goal is to become an Environmental Engineer that works on space-related projects. She hopes to incorporate her environmental education and skills into space studies!

Hands-on How-to Balloon Payload Workshop 

(Registration Closed)



DemoSat3  DemoSat2 DemoSat

This workshop is going to be 3 days of fun and work!  Participants will work in teams to build a small payload that will be launched to the edge of space on the third day of the workshop.  It is designed to provide basic understanding and skills to educators at COSGC institutions, in addition to preparing student leaders at those instiutions to go back to their home campuses and do a balloon payload project in conjunction with COSGC's spring DemoSat effort.  At the workshop you will:

  • Learn basic soldering
  • Build and program an Arduino-based system to gather sensor data during flight
  • Build a robust structure to hold payload components and keep them safe in the harsh environment of near space
  • Assemble a simple heater
  • Integrate systems in a payload and complete basic testing.
  • Launch the payload; Track and recover payloads during flight; Analyze data
  • Learn about the DemoSat program and 2015 schedule
  • Learn about exciting opportunities for students including scholarships and internships taking place in summer 2015

Meeting Information: (Participants must be faculty, students, or administrators at a COSGC Institution).

Meeting Host: Colorado Space Grant Consortium at CU

Where: Discovery Learning Center, University of Colorado at Boulder main campus

Workshop Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Lodging: Best Western Boulder Inn ( Directions to Hotel )

Agenda (Draft version 1/5/15)

Workshop Files (click here)


Important Links:

Map to Workshop

DemoSat Site

Edge of Space Sciences





Welcome to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium

Here you will find all you would like to know about our organization and our student programs. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact me directly.

The COSGC is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 21 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado. Our organization provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world hands-on telescope and satellite programs, and interactive outreach programs.

Our students interact with engineers and scientists from NASA and aerospace companies to develop, test, and fly new space technologies and to support our outreach and teaching programs.

We welcome all students and are always looking for way to enhance their experience through new interactions and collaborations with NASA, government agencies, and companies.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site and I look forward to your involvement in our program.

Chris Koehler
Colorado Space Grant Consortium
University of Colorado at Boulder
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