Ball Intern Remote Sensing Team (BIRST)
From Concept to Launch
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.
History of BIRST
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.
BIRST 2019: Video
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BIRST 2017: Video
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BIRST 2016: Video
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