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Iridium Controlled High Altitude Balloon

Iridium Controlled High Altitude Balloon

In our quest towards making controlled ballooning more affordable and accessible, we have recently developed a way to allow our Doongara balloon cut-down device to be remotely triggered. During testing we have been using an Iridium satellite tracker to both track and remotely terminate high altitude balloon flights. Below is a brief overview of ourRead more about Iridium Controlled High Altitude Balloon[…]

Storm Balloon

Storm Balloon

Earlier this summer, Smith & Williamson flew a new variant of the Boomerang Balloon Flight Control System inside of two different thunderstorms in Colorado and Nebraska. Known as the “Storm Balloon,” this new research platform was launched just before and after two storms. It was steered into the weather systems by taking advantage of varyingRead more about Storm Balloon[…]

Tandem Ballooning with Doongara

Tandem Ballooning with Doongara

Earlier this year we developed a reusable non-pyrotechnic line cutter, Doongara, for use on traditional, latex balloon flight trains and tandem ballooning. By adding Doongara in a 2-balloon tandem flight train, we demonstrated advanced flight profiles that vastly increase a payload’s time at altitude. Depending on the amount of helium in the tandem configuration’s twoRead more about Tandem Ballooning with Doongara[…]