CHARACTERISTICS

  ZPB
(Zero
PressureBalloon)
SB
(Sounding balloon)
Blimp

(Non-rigid Airship)

Picture

 

 

 

Scientific

domains

Chemistry/dynamics of the atmosphere

Astronomy

Technology

Drop Bodies

Etc.

Vertical profiles/light instruments validation

Drop Bodies

Etc.

Measurements of sonic booms.

Measurement of ground and low level winds.

Etc.

Balloon

types

Open, non-pressurized balloon Expandable balloon Super pressure semi tethered airship
Envelope

Materials

15-25 µm

polyethylene

Latex/

Chloroprene

SN503 fabric and

Polyester/

Polyamide/

Polyester

complex

Gas He He He
Diameter max: 152 m At ground: 2 m

 

Ceiling: 10 m

4 meters high

10 m long

Volume 3000 to 1 120 000 m3 At ground: 15-20 m3

Ceiling: 4100 m3

184 m3
Flight

duration

From some hours up to 14 days 2-3 hours Some weeks
Mass at

hook

50–3300 kg Up to 20 kg Up to 20 kg
Flight

altitude

15 to 40 km Up to 40 km Airship at 1000 m

 

SSC example of gondola

On-board Services:

  • Power supply.
  • Balloon control systems for both line of sight and over horizon communication.
  • Science data-link system.

 

Example of SSC Payload Gondola (M-Egon)

 

Launch with Hercules Vehicle

 

Launch with Hercules Vehicle

 

Measurements of sonic booms with Blimp