As a VPR interview points out, the Dartmouth team is responsible for building the metal frameworks that will carry the balloons’ scientific instruments. Brett Anderson, a third year PhD graduate student in physics working with Professor Millan, explained the details of the team’s work to VPR. “We attach the flight train and the parachute to the payload itself and then lift it off the ground and suspend it and make sure that the payload is level,” he says. “Then we weigh it to make sure we know how much weight we have on board.”
Listen to the story, broadcast on 6/14/12 by VPR.