Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Industry and Business News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



AEROSPACE
Raven Industries Manufactured Balloon Sets Records

Raven Aerostar Zero Pressure Balloon flown by Cornell University graduate students. Source: Raven Industries
by Staff Writers
Sioux Falls SD (SPX) Apr 01, 2011
On March 4, 2011, a Raven Aerostar designed and manufactured Zero Pressure Balloon, flown by Cornell University graduate students, broke the world Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning records for highest altitude and largest balloon envelope. The near-space flight reached a maximum altitude of 135,030 feet and the envelope's fully expanded volume arrived at a record-breaking 141,000 cubic feet.

This flight is part of a graduate program in Systems Engineering at Cornell University. The program has continued to use high altitude balloons as platforms to provide low-cost and fast turnaround solutions. The involved teams have designed and constructed the payload tracking systems and radio frequency data links using amateur radio systems.

Aerostar's high reliability balloons provide a true space mission experience for the Cornell Students.

Mike Smith, a Raven Aerostar Aerospace Engineer, said, "The Cornell program is the perfect example of what we would like to see at universities all over the country. There is no other platform that provides young engineers with the real space mission feel without having to wait years for a ride on an orbital vehicle. Furthermore, instruments can be recovered, upgraded, and re-flown in a matter of weeks."

Aerostar balloons can loiter at constant altitude for hours or days, allowing long term observation and equipment check-out in a space equivalent environment.

Raven Aerostar's High Altitude Balloon Plant, located in Sulphur Springs, TX, can trace its roots to the beginning of modern stratospheric ballooning in the late 1940s.

Since that time, the technology has grown to allow payloads of over three tons to be carried to altitudes of over 130,000 ft. Balloon operations are much less expensive than orbital missions, and project time lines are much shorter.

At the student level, the low cost, fast turnaround balloon projects promote a sense of schedule responsibility that is not possible with student satellite projects. Alternative methods can take years before a student satellite makes it into orbit.



Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Raven Aerostar
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


AEROSPACE
Revolutionary Design For Stratospheric High Altitude Balloon Missions
Mcmurdo Station, Antarctica (SPX) Feb 23, 2011
Raven Aerostar announces the successful flights of multiple stratospheric balloons, including the Raven-manufactured Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) manufactured for NASA. A 14 Million Cubic Foot (MCF) Super Pressure Balloon recently completed its 23-day science mission over Antarctica. The balloon was launched January 9 from the Ross Ice Shelf. For more than three weeks it flew at a co ... read more







AEROSPACE
Affectiva technology taps into people's emotions

NASA Airborne Radar Set to Image Hawaiian Volcano

Black box for spacecraft tested

New Laser Technology Could Revolutionize Communications

AEROSPACE
Global Military Communications Market In 2010

Raytheon BBN Technologies To Protect Internet Comms For Military Abroad

Gilat Announces New Military Modem For Robust Tactical Satcom-On-The-Move

Advanced Emulation Accelerates Deployment Of Military Network Technologies

AEROSPACE
India's GSAT-8 Delivered To French Guiana

SpaceX unveils heavy launcher

Arianespace Flight VA201: Interruption Of The Countdown

Final Countdown Is Underway For Second Ariane 5 Flight Of 2011

AEROSPACE
GPS Study Shows Wolves More Reliant On A Cattle Diet

Galileo Labs: Better Positioning With Concept

Compact-Sized GLONASS/GPS Receiver

GPS Mundi Releases Points Of Interest Files For Ten More Major Cities

AEROSPACE
Raven Industries Manufactured Balloon Sets Records

Australia's Qantas to offload ageing Boeing 737s

EADS expands in Canada, eyes U.S. market

US airlines cut Tokyo service

AEROSPACE
Smarter Memory Device Holds Key To Greener Gadgets

Texas Instruments to buy National Semiconductor

Tiny 'On-Chip Detectors' Count Individual Photons

'Quantum' computers said a step closer

AEROSPACE
Response To Japan's Disaster Relief Efforts

Record Loss Of Ozone Over Arctic

Arctic Ice Gets A Check Up

Earth Movements From Japan Earthquake Seen From Space

AEROSPACE
India's maverick environment minister who likes to annoy

Greece seeks to move toxic waste from ancient mining site

How Plants Absorb Pollutants

Taiwan shipper fined $1 mn in US pollution case


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement