The group is small and young but an enthusiastic team involving three people who are solely devoted to this project.
The first being the guide and principal investigator Prof. Jayant Murthy. He was the one who came up with the idea of having balloon flights at IIA. He is a professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at IIA. He obtained his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in 1987. His research interest includes space missions and interstellar dust.
Under his extremely helpful and innovative guidance, an integrated M.Tech-PhD student of IIA, Sreejith A.G has taken part for this balloon mission as a part of his M.Tech project. He is a B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, 2010. Currently doing integrated MTech-PhD from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore and working on the design of the UV detector.
Lastly, Akshata Nayak who is currently working as a Project Trainee at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, is a part of this team. She recently joined IIA for this project. Her basic degree is in Electronics Engineering from University of Mumbai, 2008 followed by an M.Tech in Astronomy and Space Engineering from Manipal University, 2011. She works on the control electronics part of the balloon flight.