Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Natural Science


College of Science and Mathematics

First Advisor

Dr. Dan Bruton

Second Advisor

Dr. James T. Adams

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Friedfeld

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Matthew A. Beauregard


Just above us, cosmic rays are hurtling in from space. These fast moving particles crash uncontrollably into molecules in the atmosphere, causing spontaneous decays of these particles. Despite the fact that we are broadly shielded from this radiation on earth, these particles can still disturb humans and electronics alike. Therefore, this research focuses on expanding the use of long-range radio transmitters such as radiosondes to transmit valuable data such as cosmic ray flux, geographical position, atmospheric temperature, pressure, etc. This can improve real-time radiation monitoring for aviation industry crew and passengers working in potentially higher radiation environments. On March 11, 2021 the balloon’s volume was gradually enlarged, and was released at 11:52:13 AM and the balloon travelled a total range of 285 km which is the longest range travelled by any balloon launched at SFA. It attained an altitude of about 30,000 m.

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