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Ball Intern Remote Sensing Team (BIRST)




 

From concept to launch:

The Ball Intern Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) is an after-hours program that provides Ball Aerospace interns the opportunity to experience the full concept to launch program life cycle. Interns design, construct, test and fly payloads on a variety of flight platforms during their summer internship.

Each year, BIRST provides a fun and social environment for interns to work together on a challenge that they can truly own. This opportunity allows interns to work on skills they might not have a chance to learn otherwise during their 10-week internship. It is not uncommon to see a finance intern soldering or a mechanical engineering intern writing code for their payload.


 
payload release

History of BIRST:



The BIRST program was incepted in 2009 when Ball Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) partnered. Ball interns developed payloads that flew aboard sport rockets built by ULA interns. In 2016, our interns flew payloads on the Future Heavy rocket which set a world record standing at 51 ft. tall.

In 2017, the BIRST program expanded beyond a single flight platform through the use of high-altitude balloons, provided through Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS).

Initial payloads ranged from inflatable moose heads to solar balloons but have evolved technically over the years to include autonomous UAVs, environmental sensor suites, and spectral imagery.




 
rocket launch

BIRST 2017: Video

 

Intern Testimonials

Interviews with 2017 interns.

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    Intern Testimonials
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    BIRST 2016: Video
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    Ball Aerospace Goes Beyond™