My name is Tate Schrock. I am a 5th generation farmer who has a passion for innovation and technology. I am highly motivated, resourceful, and have a strong work ethic. Over the years, I have gained industry specific experience in technology, computer programming, and high-altitude flight vehicles. I have been involved in the High-Altitude Balloon (HAB) industry for a few years. Over that time, I launched numerous scientific research payloads and built countless atmospheric probes. I have attained fluency in 6 programming languages, designing and building embedded systems, and high-altitude component design and fabrication.
Around 4 years ago, a radiosonde launched by the NWS landed in my front yard. Being completely shocked by it, I researched all I could about it on the internet. Even though it was such an interesting instrument, there was hardly anything about it publicly available. So, I decided to crack it open and figure out what it was, how it worked, and what made it special. Upon many more hours of research, experimentation, and failure, I figured out how to receive the data off radiosondes launched by governmental organizations. I collected enormous amounts of sensor data ranging from positioning, temperature, pressure, humidity, ozone, frost point hygrometer, and much more. By gaining all this experience, I knew there was a better way for hobbyists, academics, and professionals alike to do edge-of-space research without all the hassle and with better results.