HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING AT PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE
LAUNCHES: Launch coordinates: 41.305 N
Launch #1: November 13, 2010. Parachute and all payloads successfully recovered.
Take off: 9:30 AM. Landing: 12:14 PM. Recovery: 3:41 PM
Max altitude: 25,845 m (84,793 feet)
Lowest atmospheric temperature: -43.28 C ( -46 F)
Lowest atmospheric pressure: 0.25 psi (pressure at launch was 14.23 psi)
Vertical velocity at burst: Approx. 60 mph
Vertical velocity at touchdown: Approx. 10 mph
Launch #2: September 29, 2012. Parachute
and payloads located.
Balloon Released: 9:22 AM. Landed: 10:23 AM. Recovered: Unknown
Payload weight: 1,500 grams. Nozzle lift: 3,500 grams
Max altitude: 94,625 ft
Rate of Ascent: 1,530 fpm (17 mph)
Average Rate of Descent: 1,863 fpm (21 mph).
Highest Rate of Descent, after burst: 4,000 fpm (45 mph)
Link to additional pictures of launch #1
Video showing High Altitude Balloon Flight on November 13, 2010
THE HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON PROJECT
What is the High Altitude Balloon program at Penn State Wilkes-Barre?
StratoStar System Manual
Presentations First High Altitude Academic Conference. Taylor University, June 2010
WEBSITES OF INTEREST
NearSpace Network: Other Colleges and Universities with High Altitude Balloon programs.
Jet Stream Forecast: Predicts strength and direction of Jet Stream
NearSpace Ventures: Web-based software for flight path and landing predictions
Pennsylvania Space Grant: Major funding to this project
Balloon program at Taylor University: National leadership in incorporating High Altitude Balloon in Higher Education