Overview of the NASA balloon R&D program

  title={Overview of the NASA balloon R&D program},
  author={I. Steve Smith},
Abstract The catastrophic balloon failures during the first half of the 1980's identified the need for a comprehensive and continuing balloon research and development (R&D) commitment by NASA. Technical understanding was lacking in many of the disciplines and processes associated with scientific ballooning. A comprehensive balloon R&D plan was developed in 1986 and implemented in 1987. The objectives were to develop the understanding of balloon system performance, limitations, and failure… CONTINUE READING