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Suborbital Center of Excellence to hold short course

New Mexico State University's Suborbital Center of Excellence (SCE) will hold a Balloon Short Course titled "Applications to Homeland Security and Information Operations" Jan. 28 and 29 in Corbett Center Room 248.


rse will provide instruction and the most current information on using balloons for multiple applications. An extensive overview of high-altitude balloons will be presented and resources will be available to participants for further investigation.

The course is intended for employees of government agencies and anyone who has an interest or potential use for high-altitude ballooning.

On the first day of the two-day course, participants will learn about potential missions for high-altitude balloons, operational life-cycles, the relationship between performance and environment, balloon system capability, mission architecture and operational considerations. A balloon launch will begin the second day and participants will learn about target views, direction finding, technology development, proposed tests and available services at SCE.

The deadline to register for the Balloon Short Course is Thursday, Jan. 28. The registration fee of $450 includes lunch for both days and a social event Thursday evening. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided.

The center, which is housed in PSL, was created to provide students and the public with opportunities to learn about suborbital space engineering and science. Opportunities at SCE include aeronautical projects in schools, a resource for information for science fair and innovation fair projects, investigations into careers in suborbital sciences, participation in research of payloads launched, support of NMSU student research projects and NMSU student co-ops at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

For more information about the course, call SCE at (505) 522-9240.