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UNM's Center for Configurable Space Microsystems (COSMIAC) is developing the capability of launching high altitude balloons to conduct experiments in the ionosphere. 

Two students, Jacy Bitsoie a civil engineering student from UNM and Cheryl Chambellan, a mechanical engineering student from New Mexico State University are perfecting the Centers launch and recovery capabilities in a series of launches this summer.

Slideshow of latest launch.

Craig Kief, academic programs and design services for COSMIAC and Brian Zufelt, in charge of small satellite and SPA development worked as advisors to the team.  COSMIAC is a Tier 1 research center in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNM and a charter program of the Phillips Technology Institute of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.

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