Accession Number:

ADA170225

Title:

Balloon Instrumentation Engineering and Development.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 3 May 82-15 Jul 85,

Corporate Author:

TORONTO UNIV DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO) INST FOR AEROSPACE STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-10-15

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

A 3-year Balloon Instrumentation RD effort is summarized. Approaches are described and results are given for the seven principal tasks that were successfully carried out 1 Ballast valve redesign 2 Development and refinement of tethered aerostat flight performance computer programs 3 Research into performance characteristics of the standard EV-13 helium valve 4 Development of a ground station and flight components of a balloon tracking system designed to work with the Omega navigational system 5 The design of an ultra-sensitive high altitude balloon motion sensing package 6 The development of tethered aerostat instrumentation package 7 The rehabilitation of a 45,000 cubic ft ILC Aerostat. It is concluded that the program was highly productive, providing the U.S. Air Force with new instruments and techniques to augment its balloon operational capabilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Lighter-than-air Aircraft
  • Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE