Our Projects

Dr. Siliva Masi checking instrumentation

POP 2 Launch 2012 - Winter Night Launch

Launched from the Svalbard Ny-Alesund research community to take advantage of  the dark winter sky.

Francesco Piacentini bringing out the payload and communication package.

Winter Campaign January 2017

Winter Night Flight from Longyearbyen, Norway

Limited time, darkness, wind, cold, and overhead commercial flights tested the patience of the launch team.

Kyle Peterzén inflating the balloon.

WIPICA - 2014, Svalbard Norway

Winter PILOT Campaign - Telemetry Test Flight

In August of 2014, ISTAR launched the WIPICA payload for the University of Rome LS to test the PILOT telemetry system that was to be used on the OLIMPO payload.

Balloon now losing lift gas due to opening a vent at the apex of the balloon.

January 2017 - ISTAR Training Test Launch for Z2I

ISTAR orchestrates a tethered balloon inflation for Z2I - Spain

Climb out of BOOMERanG


BOOMERanG and more

ISTAR contracted as the Campaign Manager to the NASA balloon program CSBF from 1991 to 2000 to help develop the Long Duration Balloon Program in Antarctica.

University of Washington 2019 summer launch - Sisters, Oregon

ISTAR and team orchestrates the launch operations of the UW campaign

Todd Anderson - U of W Earth and Space Sciences reports: The goal of these balloon flights is to measure electrical properties of the atmosphere—specifically, the electric current flowing between the extreme upper atmosphere and the ground.  This current system has long been thought to be primarily driven by global thunderstorm activity.  Measuring this current is best done far from pollutants and weather effects near the Earth’s surface, so we use a high-altitude balloon to carry instruments well into the ozone layer.  By measuring this electric current at high altitude, and simultaneously monitoring thunderstorm activity with a global lightning detection network, we can test this idea with higher accuracy than previous work.

2018 University of Washington

5 Launch program

Sisters High School

2018 Balloon Launch

Ready for release from the spool

Sora Launch 2009 in Svalbard, Norway

Balloon just released from the launch spool.  In approximately 24 seconds the balloon climbs over the launch vehicle and is released.

Layout of balloon at sunrise

Alice Springs Australia 2016

ISTAR heads to Australia in June of 2016 to launch 2 consecutive 33,000 Cu. M. balloons for a company from Singapore. 

Sisters High School - 2017

Chemistry Class launches series of balloons

ISTAR approached the Sisters High School  in 2015 with the idea of developing a Near Space Research program by using stratospheric balloons. 


Leon y Castilla, Spain.- On November 12, 2012 the Spanish private aerospace firm Zero 2 Infinity (Z2I) contracted ISTAR to train Zero 2 Infinity in the successful launch of a stratospheric balloon mission from the Civilian/Military airport of Virgen del Camino, in central Spain. The flight was the first balloon mission conducted there in the last 15 years.

MicroBloon 3.0 Launch – 2013

Launch site: Cordoba Airport in the AndalucĂ­a region in southern SpainLaunch Operations: The ISTAR GroupSuccessful flight for INBLOON in SpainPosted on September 22, 2013 by LighterThanAirSocietyFlightSource: StratoCat