Accession Number:

ADA113958

Title:

The Air-Launched Balloon System (ALBS) Development Program, Phase 2

Descriptive Note:

Instrumentation papers

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-12-15

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

The circumstances leading to the second phase of the Air-Launched Balloon System Development Program are described, along with the governing design constraints. Individual component development efforts and system design modifications are described in turn the procurement and testing of the new dewar, the qualification of the updated cryogenic unit, the redesign of the balloonparachute interface, the solution of the extraction line recoil problem, and the development of a reliable cryogenic unit recovery system. The complicated command, control, and telemetry subsystem is also described in detail. The results of component tests and a system dress rehearsal system test are summarized. Preparations for two full-scale system tests conducted in 1981 are covered in considerable detail. The results of those tests are presented and the test data are analyzed. It is concluded that the systems air-launch and mid-air inflation techniques are acceptable. The balloon requires structural reinforcements, however, before the system can be said to be fully developed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Lighter-than-air Aircraft
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE