November 9, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Next September, NASA will send high-altitude balloons into the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere as part of an effort to collect data on cosmic radiation.
If all goes as planned, one of the balloons will be attached to a satellite designed by students at a unique class at the University of Virginia.
For the past two years, the Spacecraft Design course at U.Va. has been working on just one project - a satellite to eventually launch into space.
NASA has been reaching out to college space programs, offering the chance to fly student experiments to the edge of space using high-altitude balloons.