History of the use of balloons in scientific experiments

  title={History of the use of balloons in scientific experiments},
  author={Georg Pfotzer},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
  • G. Pfotzer
  • Published 1972
  • Education
  • Space Science Reviews

MoCRiS a low-cost stratospheric balloon platform to measure the particle flux of cosmic ray showers in the high atmosphere.

In June 2019 from the region of Calabria (Italy) our group launched the Stratospheric Balloon MoCRiS (Measurement of Cosmic Ray in Stratosphere) that reached up to 35111 meters. MoCRiS is a

Light Pollution Mapping from a Stratospheric High-Altitude Balloon Platform

The NITELite (Night Imaging of Terrestrial Environments Lite) system is a method of collecting regional-scale light emissions data from a latex high-altitude balloon (LHAB) platform. An LHAB can

Balloons and Quadcopters: Intercomparison of Two Low-Cost Wind Profiling Methods

Experimental field campaigns are an essential part of atmospheric research, as well as of university education in the field of atmospheric physics and meteorology. Experimental field observations are

Radiation Data Acquisition with Research Stratospheric Balloon Incorporating IoT Telemetry System

The paper presents a radiation data measured in the atmosphere during the flight of a stratospheric balloon. The balloon carries the third version of the gondola with custom-developed electronic

Atmospheric Neutron Monitoring through Optical Fiber-Based Sensing

The presented results open the way to the development of a point-like or even a distributed dosimeter for natural or man-made neutron-rich environments.

Design and test of autonomous scientific payloads for sounding balloons

  • B. C.F. P. C. G.
  • Environmental Science
    2020 IEEE 7th International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace)
  • 2020
Two autonomous payloads for stratospheric sounding balloon designed, assembled and tested at University of Padova, one devoted to measurement of light pollution, the other to tracking and automatic identification of targets on ground are described.

Effects of auditory and visual feedback on remote pilot manual flying performance

The inclusion of real-time auditory feedback as an additional sensory cue is uncommon and demonstrated nuanced examples of improved and degraded manual flying performance, supporting the rationalisation for the provision of multimodal dynamic sensory cueing in future RPAS.

Tinker, Mapper, Soldier, Spy – Captain Henry Elsdale’s Pioneering 1882–83 Experiment with Small Balloons and Vertical Aerial Photography in Halifax, Canada

  • D. Werle
  • Environmental Science
    Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing
  • 2019
Abstract The first aerial photography trials in Canada took place at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1882 and 1883. They are attributed to an Englishman, Captain Henry Elsdale (1842–1900) of the Royal

The Potential Impact of Upper Stratospheric Measurements on Sub-seasonal Forecasts in the Extra-Tropics

This chapter examines the potential improvements in tropospheric weather forecasts that might arise from an enhanced representation of the upper stratospheric state. First, the chapter reviews



Analysis of balloon observations during the April 1960, solar cosmic‐ray events

A series of balloon flights was conducted at Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the solar cosmic-ray events from April 1, 1960, through April 30, 1960. The largest event on April 1 was recorded by a

Balloon study of high‐altitude radiations during the international geophysical year

The results of a series of 85 constant level balloon flights conducted during the IGY period to measure cosmic rays and other types of radiation at high altitude are summarized. Each flight carried

Ten Years of Plastic Balloons

Ten Years of Plastic Balloons. 1957 is the 10th anniversary year of the plastic stratosphere balloon. During this brief history the new balloons have become reliable vehicles for upper atmosphere

Modification to the Automatic Ionization Chamber

The automatic ionization chamber has been described previously [1,2]. It has proven quite reliable in service and has many desirable features, especially for balloon-borne equipment. A disadvantage