Accession Number : AD0250991

Title :   STRATO LAB HIGH =2 POST FLIGHT REPORT

Corporate Author : WINZEN RESEARCH INC MINNEAPOLIS MN

Personal Author(s) : FOSTER, DONALD L.

Report Date : 19 JAN 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The STRATO-LAB HIGH 2 flight was launched from the Feigh open pitt iron mine near Crosby, Minnesota. The balloon-gondola system rose to a ceiling altitude of 86,000 ft, where it remained for a period of 3 hr before decent was initiated. The sealed cabin system used for this flight was the same basic unit which had been used for the initial STRATO-LAB HIGH flight. The renovated gondola was suspended below the two million cubic foot aerostat by means of a 64-ft diameter cargo parachute which was flown in an extended configuration. Although souvenir hunters stripped the gondola of most of its equipment before it could be removed from the landing site, nearly all of the equipment was subsequently recovered. This flight gave added evidence of the value and flexibility of the plastic balloon-manned gondola system for use in the furtherance of scientific research at altitudes above most of the earth's atmosphere. In the process of accomplishing its primary flight objectives, this flight also established and unofficial world altitude record for a two-man flight. (Author)

Descriptors :   *BALLOON EQUIPMENT, *BALLOONS, *PRESSURIZED CABINS, AIRBORNE, GONDOLAS, METEOROLOGY, OXYGEN EQUIPMENT, SPACE CAPSULES, SPACE FLIGHT, SPACECRAFT CABINS, STRATOSPHERE.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE