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Radiosonde Balloon Launch 2013


    When they were young boys playing with birthday balloons, they probably never dreamed that one day they would get to work with scientific space probe balloons! But that is exactly what Collin Cupido and Alex Hamilton, undergraduate students in the University of Alberta‚Äôs Department of Physics, have been doing for the past two years as summer students under the supervision of Dr. Ian Mann and Dr. David Milling and their research team. The team have built and tested sensors to measure X-rays produced by space radiation as it smashes towards the Earth at speeds close to the speed of light. 


Welcome to ISSET

The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) is a University of Alberta institute that embraces a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines related to the exploration of space. ISSET builds on long-standing institutional excellence in space research in order to take advantage of emerging, cross-disciplinary opportunities and to develop partnerships with other institutions, agencies and industry.

In addition, ISSET offers unique educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and develops provincial capabilities in space research through educational outreach programs, visiting professor positions, workshops and scientific meetings.

ISSET has four core themes based on existing and emerging strengths at the University of Alberta within six Departments across two Faculties.

  • Microgravity science and planetary environment.
  • Space technology for instrumentation and robotics.
  • Planetary materials science.
  • Space physics and space environment.