The Edge of Space Sciences Handbook

Published by

Edge of Space Sciences, a non-profit Corporation

Copyright (c) 1993 by Edge of Space Sciences, Inc.
All rights reserved.

Download the Full EOSS Handbook as it was published in 1993, along with the illustrations in PDF format. 

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This Handbook is intended for persons interested in learning some of the many facets about unmanned ballooning. It is useful for the new and old comer alike, whether a student, experimenter, EOSS member, or hobbyist.

The Handbook is the result of inputs volunteered by many EOSS members with experience in their respective area. Each contributor's name is placed at the beginning of their section.

The Handbook outline was prepared by Paul Ternlund who is grateful to the EOSS members who contributed to its many sections, and to Nate Bushnell, Greg Burnett, Merle McCaslin, and Jim Libhart for their editing assistance. EOSS members are a truly talented and dedicated group. This is a "living" document with many sections yet to be written-some are noted within as "TBW."

This Electronic Edition of the Handbook has been edited heavily. Most graphics are not included at this time. Download the PDF version as it contains most previously published graphic elements.

You Can Contribute

There are areas of this handbook that may be inaccurate, have dated information or be blank, having not been written yet. If you would like to contribute to this effort, check out the Handbook Submission Guidelines.

The Handbook is one of the most popular, requested items we have created to date. Groups just starting find it extremely helpful. However, it is pretty ragged. It's my hope that, with your assistance, the handbook can become the bible of beginner balloon groups. Offering budding groups "one stop shopping" to gather all the information they need to fly a first time sophisticated payload will be of great utility to this user community.

The Handbook is not meant to be a guide to every possible experiment aboard amateur radio controlled high altitude balloons, but it should someday cover all of the most basic concepts.