This past summer RIT Space Exploration participated in our first IREC. IREC is the intercollegiate rocket engineering competition and it is the largest event of its kind. RIT Space Exploration competed in one such category, the SDL payload challenge.
A CubeSat is type of satellite, commonly classified as a "smallsat" or "picosatellite". They provide an opportunity for smaller groups and student organizations to be able to afford to send their own mission into orbit.
So what is a high altitude balloon? A high altitude balloon, or HAB, is a very large latex balloon that depending on the size of the balloon and how much helium will take a small payload to around 100,000 feet or 30,000 meters in the atmosphere.