NASA Successfully Launches Super Pressure Balloon (Download PDF)

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NASA successfully launched Super pressure balloon from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand. A mission designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110, 000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere’s mid-latitude band. While validating the super pressure balloon technology is the main flight objective, the International Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a Super Pressure Balloon (EUSO-SPB) payload is flying as a mission of opportunity.

Image of the Super pressure balloon

Image of the Super Pressure Balloon

Image of the Super pressure balloon

Highlights:

  • The EUSO-SPB is designed to detect high-energy cosmic rays originating from outside our galaxy as they penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere
  • These high-energy particles enter the atmosphere; they interact with nitrogen molecules in the air and create UV fluorescence light.
  • The International Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a super pressure balloon (EUSO - SPB) payload is flying as a mission of opportunity
  • Flying on the payload is a poppy in celebration of Anzac day, a national day of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia.
  • The balloon travels around the Earth
  • It may be visible from the ground particularly at sunrise and sunset in the southern hemisphere’s mid – latitudes
  • It’s expected to circle the planet two or three times.
  • NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, provides

    • Mission planning,
    • Engineering services and field operations
  • At a relatively low cost, NASA heavy-lift balloons have been critical launch vehicles for testing

About Super Pressure Balloon

  • The balloon was developed together by NASA and Columbia Science Balloon Facility teams
  • Super – pressure Balloons flow chart
Super – pressure Balloons flow chart

Super – Pressure Balloons Flow Chart

Super – pressure Balloons flow chart

  • Material use in balloon
Image of the Material use in balloon

Image of the Material Use in Balloon

Image of the Material use in balloon

  • Map showing the balloon’s real-time location
Map showing the balloon’s real-time location

Map Showing the Balloon’s Real-time Location

Map showing the balloon’s real-time location

  • Average Float Altitude Variation for 9 day for Super pressure Ballon
Altitude Variation for 9 day for Super pressure Ballon

Altitude Variation for 9 Day for Super Pressure Ballon

Altitude Variation for 9 day for Super pressure Ballon

- Published/Last Modified on: May 1, 2017

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