Accession Number : AD0769241

Title :   ASTRO II Summary Report.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Apr 68-Jun 70,

Corporate Author : AIL LOS ANGELES CALIF SEA-SPACE SYSTEMS DIV

Personal Author(s) : Batinovich,Kenneth M.

Report Date : JUN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The report summarizes progress toward the realization of an expandable balloon for load-carrying missions. A discussion of small- and medium-scale design simulations undertaken to demonstrate the feasibility of a new approach to high-altitude flight utilizing the contractor's elastomeric balloon film, MERFILM-U is presented. In addition, the report includes a qualitative treatment of an extensive equipment-improvement effort carried out by the contractor to satisfy the quantitative material needs of a full-scale version of the ASTRO concept and a progress report on envelope construction and payload engineering for the first of three such full-scale prototypes. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*Balloons, *Fabrication), Inflatable structures, Elastomers, Films, Balloon equipment, Payload, Flight testing

Subject Categories : Lighter-than-air Aircraft
      Elastomers and Rubber

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE