SSIdeas High Altitude Balloons Competition

Hey everyone!

Do you have an idea you'd like to fly up to space? Wanna win a $50 Gift Card to Coupa if your idea is chosen? Whether it be launching your lab's amazing research or a banana with googly eyes for the memes, each individual or teams of up to 4 can submit their crazy ideas of what you guys want flown on our famous high-altitude balloons!🎈

SSIdeas is a campus wide competition sponsored by the Stanford Student Space Initiative (SSI), where you get to propose an idea or fun object to launch to space using high-altitude balloons. What are high-altitude balloons, you say? Well, they’re huge 10-feet wide latex balloons that can fly scientific payloads to near space, collecting data and reaching heights of ~80,000 feet / 25 km at extremely low costs of <$1,000 total. We are looking for ideas of the coolest payloads to be flown on a high altitude balloon, and we’d love your help either pitching ideas or helping with payload construction!

This challenge is open to all Stanford students (grad & undergrad), in order to spread our love of flying high-altitude balloons. For those who are unfamiliar with SSI, we are a completely student-run organization whose ultimate goal is to open the stage for future space enterprise leaders. Internally, we are categorized into 6 subteams, one of which is dedicated to constructing High Altitude Balloon payloads. Our Valve-Ballast (ValBal) System, one of the Balloons Team’s main projects, is an autonomous payload that broke the world record for longest latex balloon flight in history after staying aloft for 121 hours (that’s more than 5 days!).

Our team is all about innovation, and we know that Stanford students are the best in the world at this. So whether or not you’re a STEM major, space enthusiast, humanities rockstar, or you’ve barely even thought about going to space but have great ideas, fill out our quick application to see your ideas



Categories (3 Winners, Best in Each):
A)Life Sciences (Bio/Environmental), B) Techie (ME/EE/CS), C) Creativity

Submit your idea by 11:59pm, May 1st on our application:
Flyer for SSIdeas Competition 2018

Let’s go to space! 

*If you have any questions, feel free to contact the SSI Balloons Team Co-Leads Grace Hu ( or Raul Dagir (