Sisters Eagle Airport

Nestled at the base of the Three Sisters in the heart of the Cascade Range, Sisters Eagle Airport gives travelers direct year-round access to some of the most pristine outdoor environment in the Pacific Northwest. Located just northeast of the city limits, Sisters Eagle Airport is owned and operated by Sisters Runway, Inc.  Airport Contact: David C.

The ISTAR office is located at the Sisters Eagle Airport

Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson have teamed with ISTAR on the development of component design, launch operations, as well as fabrication of telemetry systems.  

Dr Silvia Masi

Dr. Silvia Masi was a partner with ISTAR on the development of the Nobile/Amundsen SBC in Longyearbyen Svalbard, Norway as well as the development of the Italian LDB program from M.Z. Station at Baia Terra Nova, Antarctica. Dr. Masi designed the contracts and was the primary driver behind the funding for the LDB development in Italy. Dr. Masi has worked as the ISTAR Launch Crew director on 15 of the balloon launches from Svalbard and as the Science Representative on the PEGASO, DUSTER, and SORA campaigns. Dr. Masi continues to be the lead scientists on ballooning activities in Svalbard.

In addition to her involvement with the LDB program development, Dr. Masi is a researcher at the University of Rome La Sapienza in Rome, Italy. Along with her teaching and research skills, Dr. Masi is the Principal Investigator of the OLIMPO experiment, Principal Investigator on the BRAIN experiment, Co-PI and designer of the cryocooler for the well known BOOMERanG experiments and is involved in numerous experiments as a research consultant.

Dr. Masi lives near Rome with her husband Paolo deBernardis and son Giulio. Laurea in Physics (summa cum laude) in 1982; Ph.D. in Physics in 1987 Dr. Masi’s Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum

Erik deSchrijver

2016 - ISTAR teams with Erik de Schijver from Brussels, Belgium to assist with the launch of 6 experiments from the KHO station near Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.  The project was supported by the Physics Department at the University of Norway In Svalbard (UNIS). Each launch was successful with data retrieved by the students.


Stratospheric balloons, history and present

Southwest Research Institute

Southwest Research Institute, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States.

Contact: Steve Smith - Sr. Program Manager/R&D as well as the HiSentinel Program Manager at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX.

LNS - Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS

The head office of Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS (herinafter LNS) is located in Vesterålen in North Norway, approximately 300 km north of the Polar Circle. LNS was established in 1961 and the group consists of a total of 15 companies.

LNS has assisted ISTAR with ground crews, launch vehicle drivers, logistics, and cargo transport on every balloon launch performed from Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Zero to Infinnity

Zero2infinity is a private company developing technologies to enable cost-efficient access to near-space with zero-environmental impact flying solutions. ISTAR has been training Zero 2 Infinity in the skill development of launching stratospheric balloon