Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great Plains
Super Launch

The premier High Altitude Ballooning Experience

August 2024
August 1-3, 2024 in Colorado Springs

Event registration for GPSL 2024 in Colorado Springs, Colorado is now open.

Registration is a five-step process, depending on the events you plan to attend.

  1. Symposium Registration - This is for Friday's symposium at the College. Registration is $25. If you need to purchase Hydrogen gas, this is your link.
  2. Balloon Registration - If you are flying a balloon on Saturday morning, register the balloon so that resources and frequency allocations can be conducted.
  3. Hotel Bookings- Don't forget to book the lodging. The official hotels for GPSL 2024 are on the Venue page.
  4. Flying W Ranch - This is the optional dinner on Thurday Evening for those who which to attend. Pricing starts at $65, and various discounts may apply.
  5. Aviation Muesum - There is a guided tour on Thursday morning. Select the appropriate admission price, and don't forget to include the $5.00 Guided Tour option.


About the Event

Welcome to the Great Plains Super Launch website, your go-to source for information about the premier high altitude ballooning event in North America. For over two decades, the GPSL has been bringing together the brightest and most innovative amateur balloonists from the US and abroad.

Started in 2001 by Paul Verhage, the GPSL has grown into an annual event that attracts enthusiasts from around the midwest, and beyond. In 2024, the GPSL will be sponsored by the Edge of Space Sciences in Denver, Colorado.

The symposium will likely be held on a Friday in July or August of 2024. The event will culminate with a mass balloon launch on Saturday. Stay tuned for updates and details about the 2024 GPSL symposium, and join us for an unforgettable experience.

2024 Symposium Venue

The 2024 GPSL Symposium and Exhibition is proud to announce its sponsorship by Edge of Space Sciences, a leading organization in Colorado dedicated to space research. This partnership will enhance the event and make it even more prestigious.

The symposium will take place at Pikes Peak State College in Colorado Springs, known for its excellent academic programs and research facilities. This location will provide a beautiful backdrop for discussions and presentations.

Edge of Space Sciences is the perfect sponsor for the GPSL, as their expertise and commitment to pushing scientific boundaries align with the goals of the event.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the latest advancements in High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) technology through symposium sessions and will also enjoy networking events.


On Thursday, August 1st, we are excited to invite you to join us for a pre-conference tour at the National Museum of World War II Aviation, followed by dinner at the Flying W Ranch.

Mark your calendars for the Symposium, which will take place on Friday, August 2nd. It promises to be a day filled with captivating presentations and insightful discussions that will leave you inspired.

To round out the weekend, we will have a mass balloon launch on Saturday, August 3rd. This will be an opportunity to witness a science in the making.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Symposium in Colorado Springs. Join us for an enriching pre-conference tour, a day of engaging discussions, and a mesmerizing balloon launch. It's an event you won't want to miss!

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