All who have interest in academic high-altitude ballooning are invited participate in this year’s Academic High-Altitude (AHA) conference, June 27th-29th, at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Each year, the AHAC has sought to expand its relevance to those working on the academic side of high altitude ballooning. This year’s conference will present talks that focus on
1.) executing high altitude science research projects,
2.) developing operational capabilities for high altitude balloon flights, and
3.) creating educational opportunities incorporating high altitude balloon flights.
The official call-for-papers/posters and registration is online at http://www.trevecca.edu/AHAC/. The deadline for abstracts is April 16th, 2012. There will be a competition (with prizes) for student posters submitted to the conference. A limited amount of financial aid is available to defray student travel costs.
We are pleased to announce three invited speakers for the conference:
• David Voss, Program Manager, University Nanosat Program, AFRL, Kirtland AFB
• Mike Smith, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Aerostar International, Inc.
• Paul Verhage, Writer, Educator
Please note the three workshops on the Monday and Tuesday preceding the main conference (June 25th and 26th). Two of these will cover advanced technical topics, and the third will focus on integrating high altitude flights into undergraduate curricula. Details are on the conference website (http://www.trevecca.edu/AHAC/).