We help organisations launch their small satellites in space using high altitude balloons

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Why a Balloon?

The Balloon lifts the rocket to 32km altitude

This is above 99% of the earth’s atmosphere

Less air density means less thrust required for the rocket

Only a small rocket is required resulting in smaller operating costs

Safer ground operations

Huge ground infrastructure not required

The StratoBooster Story

Andrew Dunn and Ben Massey are Aerospace Engineering students at Teesside University. During their 2nd year they became involved in a project now called TU2Space. It is here that they met Shaun Whitehead, a Space Engineer!

TU2Space is a student led project within the School of Science Engineering and Design at Teesside. The project was initiated by Shaun after he approached the University with the basic concept of developing a small space launch system for a femto-satellite called Thumbsat.

Andrew and Ben are student project managers of the TU2Space project and have recently co-founded a start-up business, StratoBooster. Their business plans are to commercialise their work from TU2Space with the aim of further researching and testing their current work and developing the small space launch system for customers, who have already expressed interest in using this system.

Shaun Whitehead will join their team as a non-executive director to provide his expert technical advice and engineering guidance.

Our Team

Andrew Dunn

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Andrew is a co-founder of StratoBooster Ltd and is currently a final year Aerospace Engineering student at Teesside University. Andrew works as a Student Ambassador for the university, working with the external partners hosting events, engaging with local schools and the community. He is also a STEM ambassador and enjoys promoting STEM related education in the younger generation to inspire our future scientists and engineers. He enjoys volunteering and helping others and has spent time abroad providing humanitarian assistance and support to those in need. Andrew has held a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) since 2012 and enjoys most things related to aviation and space.

Ben Massey

Co-Founder and Director

Ben is a co-founder of StratoBooster Ltd and currently studying his final year of a Aerospace Engineering degree at Teesside University. Ben also works as a student ambassador for the university and has volunteered as a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Session) Leader, assisting engineering students, at Teesside University, with their learning. For the past two years, Ben has been serving in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force as an RAF policeman, which involves air platform and operational security as well as ceremonial duties.

Shaun Whitehead

Non-Executive Director

Shaun's devices have looked half way across the known universe, landed on Mars and even peered into hidden cavities within the Great Pyramid. His favourite projects are Thumbsat, Vitae, a sculpture for the Moon and StratoBooster in association with TU2Space. Shaun has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering, he is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IMechE.

Why StratoBooster

Lower operating costs than other space launch providers

Flexible launch locations, from a beach to a field

There isn't currently any small launch systems

Effects of weather on balloons are minimal, resulting in a robust ground launch system

There hasn't been a commercial space launch from UK soil

We aim to be the first to do that

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In the press

Student aerospace project reaches for the stars thanks to funding boost

Andrew Dunn and Ben Massey, both second-year BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering students at Teesside University, set up StratoBooster, a spin-off of the student-led space exploration project TU2Space.

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StratoBooster is a nominee for the James Dyson award

StratoBooster is a space launch system, to launch small satellites into low earth orbit by means of a high-altitude balloon and small rocket launch, from the stratosphere, all done from the UK.

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