Atmospheric Research

Reusable and Recoverable Autonomous Balloon and Integral Rocket Launch Platform

Our Goal

Atmospheric Research

The platform unit is integrated with the latest drone technology to permit self return to pre-programmed home base waypoints once the unit returns to a preset drone operable altitude. This allows for reuse and eliminates loss of the unit once launched.

The unit may remain aloft and stationary using the aide of onboard gyroscopic stabilization.
The system is a multi-staged launch concept. Stages are as follows:

Launch

Balloon launch from ground level to 100,000 feet limit. Just below the normal weather ballon burst calculation zone.

Rocket Ignition

Once 100,000 feet is reached, the rocket will launch into the upper atmosphere carrying on-board 360 forward and aft cameras. Imagery and video can then later be used for study in VR and standard media systems.

Application

The rocket itself can be single or multi-staged as well has a liquid dielectric gyroscopic stabilization system (highlighted toroid below) to test rocket propulsion physics, recoveries, pressures, stresses and the like.

Recovery

Rocket recovery is by standard parachute “pop” capsule type.

The balloon section can be either gas lift type or rigid vacuum type lift using composite carbon fiber material and a neutral ballast design model based on the calculation contained in the following patent reference. https://www.google.com/patents/US20060038062

The balloon section can be either gas lift type or rigid vacuum type lift using composite carbon fiber material and a neutral ballast design model based on the calculation contained in the following patent reference. https://www.google.com/patents/US20060038062

A Wide Range Of Experimental Possibilities

On board testing apparatus and general operation equipment include but are not limited to

Temperature gradient measurements.
Altimeter
Limit switch for both altitude control and pressure regulation
Onboard vacuum pump to control ballast and or pressure stresses.
Ionic charge distribution testing
Communications testing
Audio reflectivity testing
Radiation readings
Pressure testing
Laser light propagation testing
Mass density (Gravimeter) readings
Inertial velocity readings

Applications:

  • Environmental testing and regulations
  • Geological surveying and exploration
  • Photographic cartography
  • Wildlife / Herd management applications
  • Search and rescue
  • Film industry and commercial media footage
  • Farming crop surveying
  • Disaster relief and damage surveying
  • Military

Target payload = 100lbs

Project cost target 30-40K USD. (Variable depending on application / onboard equipment cost analysis)

Per Launch operation cost gas ($400-600) variable based on market cost for gas. Vacuum launch cost is negligible required only electric charge cost to charge pump / capacitor systems etc.

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