Strato Journey

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 STEM+C (not for profit) is seeking sponsors for this project.Sponsor deadline is Sept 23.  

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please send me an email at 


click the Paypal "Donate Here" above...

Sponsors who contribute $500 will have their company logo or name placed on the UAV’s used in this project, you will receive recognition here on the project web-page, you will receive one project T-shirt, decal and patch, and you will receive recognition in the project recap video.

Thank you to the Strato Journey sponsors.




Randy Hansen

Click the link below to see the project "Conceptual Video"

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 aerospace 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.

Slot allocation for each team

SLOT 1 ... Paul Kaup Richmond Burton Team web-page

SLOT 2 ... Paul Kaup (Team Rising Phoenix)

SLOT 3 ... Travis Palmer (Team Icarus)
Web-page ... Team Icarus
SLOT 4 ... Joe Burch (Team Desert Rotor)

SLOT 5 ... Perry High School (Team PerryNautics)

SLOT 6 ... Eric Gerver (Team Stratohawk)

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

The exemption request was approved on April 12, 2019

YouTube Video

Team Program Letters

UAV resgistration

The weather and winds aloft page 

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

The schedule for the teams while at Spaceport

Thursday Oct 10 

Plan on arriving at the Holiday Inn (2201 F.G. Amin Street, Truth or Consequences: 575 894 3900) no later than 5:00pm.... We have a meet and greet dinner starting at 6:00pm at the Bedroxx Bowling Alley, (165 E 9th Ave, Truth or Consequences).  

Friday Oct 11 

9:00am - The FAA will be inspecting each UAV.  We have 6 UAV's that need to be inspected.  This is tentatively scheduled at 9:00am in the conference room at the Holiday Inn.  Teams can begin setting up their UAV for the inspection at 8:00am

Team inspection order ...

2:00pm - All teams make their way to Spaceport to setup mission control

3:00pm - Behind the scenes tour of Spaceport

6:00pm - dinner back in Truth or Consequences at the La Cocina Mexican restaurant (1 Lakeway Drive, Truth or Consequences NM)

Saturday Oct 12 : 3 teams launch on this day.  (See the Launch Schedule below)..Each Team come up with your dinner plans

Sunday Oct 13: 3 teams launch on this day.  (See the Launch Schedule Below) ... Each Team come up with your dinner plans

Mission Control and Staging

Systems Notes:
Eagle Tree Vector :

Paul, we were able to simulate the GPS alt display issue you had, and it appears that the new (beta) version linked to below fixes it.   Of course, we can't do real world testing of this here.    Here are some notes:

1) This version should install Vector version 2.80 firmware.
2) Note that this version has lots of unrelated changes since we last sent you a version with the high altitude support.   You may want to read through the version release notes on our website in case these changes might impact you in some other way.
3) If you do want to keep the same version that you last flew with, it appears that the display problem will not occur if you disable "Show GPS Absolute Alt" on that version.   Let us know if you want to go that route.