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NASA high-altitude balloon
2014-08-27 03:00:39

NASA In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon successfully carried the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science (HySICS) instrument to an altitude of 123,000 feet, above most of the Earth’s atmosphere, to reach space-like conditions and demonstrate new technologies for acquiring high-accuracy science measurements of the Earth. Scientists use outgoing shortwave radiance, or the amount of sunlight scattered from Earth’s surface and atmosphere and reflected back...

Google’s Project Loon To Begin Testing In California
2013-08-20 17:25:47

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Sometimes ambitious ideas may seem crazy. Perhaps this is why Google X, the search giant’s R&D brand for special projects, offered up the name Project Loon for its way to provide 21st century high-speed broadband using what could be seen as late 18th/ early 19th century technology. The project, which was announced last month, would bring the information super highway to remote parts of the world using balloons. “Project...

NSC High-Altitude Balloon Launched Carrying Multi-Agency Space-Technology Payload
2013-02-20 16:26:46

NASA NASA's Flight Opportunities Program marked its first high-altitude balloon payload flight recently when one of the program's flight providers, Near Space Corporation (NSC) of Tillamook, Ore., launched a developmental technology payload on a high-altitude balloon. With Mount Jefferson in Oregon's Cascade Range as a backdrop, NSC personnel sent the balloon aloft to an altitude of about 102,000 feet — just over 20 miles — after launch from the airport at Madras, Ore., Jan....

Scientific Balloon Record Shattered By Super-TIGER
2013-01-23 09:53:00

Washington University in St. Louis Before he left for Antarctica in November, W. Robert Binns, principal investigator for Super-TIGER, said that he would be deliriously happy if the balloon carrying the cosmic-ray detector stayed up 30 days. It has now been up 45 days, floating serenely in the polar vortex registering hits by cosmic rays. Over the weekend it shattered the previous record of 42 days set by Cream I, another cosmic ray experiment that flew during the winter of 2004-2005....

Rocket University Engineers Tested With High-Altitude Drop
2012-08-17 15:57:46

An experimental payload went 25,000 feet higher than planned during a recent test flight but still performed well and will be the basis for a larger flight test next year. "I think avionics-wise it went beautifully," said Chris Iannello, part of the team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida that launched a high altitude balloon to the edge of the atmosphere and then tracked an instrument package they built as it free fell back to Earth. "We were all real pleased with it." The...

2012-03-23 03:45:43

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 24 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft. Sixteen of the payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Five will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. Two will ride on high-altitude balloons that fly above 65,000 feet. One payload will fly on the suborbital launch vehicle and...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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