Here are a few videos highlighting our last three balloon launches. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel to view more balloon launch videos going back as far as 2014!
The Wyoming Space Grant has been running a successful high-altitude balloon satellite program since 2014. As of 2019, we have launched more than 40 balloons across the state with well over 1,000 participants and spectators. The majority of these launches have taken place with K-12 schools, summer camps, and after school programs, involving more than 700 students and 100 teachers. We have also launched with college groups inside and outside of UW, as well as other non-K-12 educational groups around the state.
In 2017, we were active participants in the Eclipse Ballooning Project led by Montana State University, allowing us to stream live footage of solar eclipse totality to the internet from high above Casper, WY. More recently, we began the LIFT Project, an outreach program that allows undergraduates from UW to get involved with K-12 high-altitude ballooning. Our future endeavors will continue to focus on using the thrill and excitement of high-altitude ballooning to provide authentic hands-on learning experiences for students and teachers across Wyoming.
Phil Bergmaier, PhD
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
M.S. in Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
B.S. in Meteorology, Millersville University, PA
Phil grew up in Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. Ever since he was a young lad he’s been fascinated with weather, so in high school he decided to go to college to become a meteorologist. After completing his undergraduate work at Millersville University, a small school in south-central Pennsylvania, he moved to Wyoming to attend graduate school at UW. For his Master’s degree, Phil produced several studies focusing on Southeast Wyoming drylines, shallow moisture boundaries that are more commonly found in the Southern Plains but occasionally develop in the summer along the Laramie Range. The focus of Phil’s research then transitioned to wintertime phenomena as he pursued his PhD. His doctoral work focused on the internal dynamics of intense lake-effect snowbands that were observed over Lake Ontario during the NSF-funded Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) field campaign.