HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING AT PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE

     

LAUNCHES:   Launch coordinates:  41.305 N   76.022 W   (PSU-WB Campus)

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?

 

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS

        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