Project Overseer is a long term project to develop a reliable platform for scientific payload and technology demonstrations through the use of high altitude balloon launches. Our mission is to provide a cost efficient and easily accessible resource for UCLA researchers seeking to perform experiments or increase hardware TRLs. This project has a goal of providing students who have limited engineering experience with an opportunity to develop and enhance skills to be used later in projects with increased complexity.
In this first year, our goal is simple: to successfully launch and recover a high altitude balloon as a proof of concept mission. This preliminary mission, Proton, will have a payload that consists of basic telemetry sensors as well as a camera for imaging. We plan to use this mission, launching in early 2017, as a baseline for planning and coordinating future launches. The team is currently searching for a second payload to launch before the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.