ANSR's Mission

Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR), a 501(c)(3) organization, promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through Amateur Radio and High-Altitude Balloons (ARHAB) and has supported Arizona NASA Space Grant ASCEND! programs since 2001.

ANSR has conducted more than 100 high-altitude balloon flights, one of which reached an altitude of 117,127 feet. Many carry student payload projects. More exciting flights which YOU can participate in are currently being planned.


1 of 2 Ascend!
balloons ascending

A successful ARHAB group uses a variety of skills. These include: APRS (packet), DF, GPS, TV receivers, transmitters and multiple antenna types, electronic and mechanical design and fabrication, digital design and programming, Mesh Network, weather and flight path prediction, and many other STEM related activities.

It shall be a challenge for and utilize the ingenuity of this organization to provide the necessary resources towards realizing these goals in the form of:



Arizona NASA Space Grant ASCEND!

ASCEND! (Aerospace STEM Challenges to Educate New Discoverers), is an Arizona Space Grant Consortium statewide workforce development program, involving undergraduate students from across Arizona in the full "design-build-fly-operate-analyze" cycle of a space mission.


ANSR mentor with
Diné students




Student teams from:


Diné students

design and build small payloads for launch from high altitude weather balloons. The payload instruments measure various atmospheric parameters as a function of altitude up to about 100,000 feet and some include cameras to photograph Earth throughout ascent and landing to characterize surface features, cloud structure and the Earth's curvature.



Participation in this program is geared to complement regular classroom learning by offering direct hands-on immersion with the full mission cycle. Few NASA or aerospace industry scientists and engineers ever take a project through the full mission cycle.


Launch of ANSR89
at Diné