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Congratulations to Kyle Doverspike, Senior Application Engineer, on winning our June Team Member Spotlight! Kyle was recommended for this honor by Russ Van Der Werff, Director of Engineering, and the Raven Aerostar senior leadership...

The NASA TechRise Student Challenge, which will start accepting entries in August, will invite teams of sixth to 12th-grade students to submit ideas for climate or remote-sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon, as well as space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket. Raven Aerostar will help students bring their ideas of technology-driven experiments to the edge of space or beyond via a high-altitude balloon.

Through different programs, customers approach Raven to fly their equipment for many different reasons. This equipment, carried by the balloon, is called the “payload.” Raven Aerostar has a payload integrations team that works directly with customers to integrate their payloads onto the balloon for mission success. Click here to read how these payload integrations are made.

Peggy Mach, Project Controller for Raven Aerostar, works with a variety of team members and departments within the business to solve great challenges. She chooses to challenge biases in the workplace by promoting honesty, respect, inclusiveness, and integrity in her work environments — encouraging others to drive results without fear of repercussions based on status or gender.

Congratulations to Trainer Rick Johnston on winning our February 2021 team member spotlight! Rick's vision to improve team member onboarding and retention, as well as his innovative training programs, have helped improve multiple areas of Raven Aerostar's operations.