Welcome to the forum for the Global Space Balloon Challenge! This forum is the crux of the GSBC community - introduce your team, share your ideas, ask questions, and help others successfully fly their balloons. Anything and everything about HABs is welcome. Be nice and follow the rules for your forum behavior, but please make this forum your own.
What is This Forum About?
The Global Space Balloon Challenge (GSBC) is the coming together of people around the world to simultaneously fly high altitude balloons from every corner of the globe, celebrating an age where anyone can reach the edge of space for a few hundred dollars and a few weekends of work. Learn more and join the fun on our website or check out the hundreds of teams from dozens of countries already signed up!
On this forum, get the help you need for your HAB from the “tutorials” and “technical Q&A” categories. Let us know when you are flying throughout the year and what happens through the “launch announcements and results” category so everyone can see your progress! Educators head to the “education” category and if you need anything else or want to share something awesome, check out “general questions and sharing” [link]. For all GSBC information, we’ll be posting to “challenges and previous results” for prize info and results from last year and to “GSBC announcements” for nearly everything else challenge related.
Requirements for Participation in the GSBC
Anyone participating in the Global Space Balloon Challenge must follow these requirements:
You must be part of a team with at least one other member. This is to ensure everyone’s safety as they assemble and fly their balloons.
Your payload must contain a camera. We know this adds weight to your balloon, but we believe sharing photos is the best way to inspire and connect with other teams, a critical component of the GSBC.
Your payload must carry a GPS. This will allow you to track and recover your payload safely.
You must follow all your local regulations. Please see the regulations page for more information.
Challenge submissions must be submitted by no more than 1 week after the challenge window has closed.
Everyone on a team must have signed up on the website and accepted the Terms and Conditions.
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