Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The California Near Space Project launches conventional high altitude flights, as well as long range attempts (where the balloon travels at lower altitudes for long durations.) It appears that the latest launch is still going strong, now south of Italy. You can track flight K6RPT-11 here.
Some of the high altitude flights, those that end in a balloon burst at altitude due to expansion and UV degradation of the rubber, have gone into the upper 120,000 foot range. As always, this kind of performance gets me thinking about rockoons again. An N 10,000 at 100,000 feet would probably be good enough for a camera payload to space. But that is going to take quite a few balloons to get the job done. (Or a zero pressure balloon of massive size.)