Spaceport 2019

October 12-13, 2019 at Spaceport America, NM

This event is designed to bring together students, hobbyist, professionals, and educators to one location
 for the ultimate STEM experience.  
The event will allow people of similar interest to interact and share experiences.

You are cordially invited to join us at Spaceport America in October of 2019.

The Capstone project details are listed below.

Slot allocation (for Capstone project)

SLOT 1 ... Paul Kaup (Richmond/Burton IL)

SLOT 2 ... Paul Kaup (Gilbert AZ)

SLOT 3 ... Travis Palmer (Team Icarus)
Web-page ... Team Icarus
SLOT 4 ... Merrill Ross (Team Ether)

SLOT 5 ... Perry High School

SLOT 6 ... Eric Gerver (Team Stratohawk)

Spaceport 2019 Participants

The Capstone Project

You and your team are invited to design, and build a remotely control aircraft 
that is capable of being towed up by a weather balloon, to an altitude of 100,000ft.
Upon reaching 100,000ft your aircraft needs to be released and then 
flown back to Spaceport America.

6 Teams are invited to take part in this multi-day event.
please email Paul Kaup at 
to reserve your slot.

The Exemption request was filed on Oct 19, 2018
Link to the request.

The exemption request was approved on April 12, 2019

UAV resgistration

The weather and winds aloft page 
(I'll do a video and live stream discussing how to use)

This event is very fluid.  I will post several youtube videos discussing some of the design constraints.
Please contact me with any questions.
This project will launch us to the 2020 project...

Here is a really good video showing you what to expect.

YouTube Video

You airplane and systems installed ... $1000 - $1400
3000g weather balloon ... $400
Helium (350cu ft) ... $150-$200 (depends on pricing)
Travel expenses to Spaceport ... depends on your team
Lodging Expenses ... $80/night

Raising Funds

We have typically raised funds through various means.
Grants ... If you are working with students, there are many organizations which you can apply for grant money


link to the 2017 Spaceport America project: Spaceport America 2017