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Mars balloon flight test results

Show simple item record Hall, Jeffery L. Pauken, Michael T. Kerzhanovich, Viktor V. Walsh, Gerald J. Kulczycki, Eric A. Fairbrother, Debora Shreves, Chris Lachenmeier, Tim 2015-06-09T17:42:26Z 2015-06-09T17:42:26Z 2009-05-05
dc.identifier.citation AIAA Balloon Systems Conference, Seattle, Washington, May 5-7, 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 09-0993
dc.description.abstract This paper describes a set of four Earth atmosphere flight test experiments on prototype helium superpressure balloons designed for Mars. Three of the experiments explored the problem of aerial deployment and inflation, using the cold, low density environment of the Earth’s stratosphere at an altitude of 30-32 km as a proxy for the Martian atmosphere. Auxiliary carrier balloons were used in three of these test flights to lift the Mars balloon prototype and its supporting system from the ground to the stratosphere where the experiment was conducted. In each case, deployment and helium inflation was initiated after starting a parachute descent of the payload at 5 Pa dynamic pressure, thereby mimicking the conditions expected at Mars after atmospheric entry and high speed parachute deceleration. Upward and downward looking video cameras provided real time images from the flights, with additional data provided by onboard temperature, pressure and GPS sensors. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2009 en_US
dc.subject aerobot en_US
dc.subject deployment en_US
dc.subject inflation en_US
dc.title Mars balloon flight test results en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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