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SwRI launches blimp that reaches near-space altitude

Published by spacecowboy on Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:31 pm
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San Antonio Business Journal – 11:15 AM CST Friday

A team of scientists led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) launched a new inflatable stratospheric airship from Roswell, N.M., last week that reached an altitude of 74,000 feet, which is a near-space altitude.

Scientists from SwRI designed the 146-foot long airship — called HiSentinel — and provided the telemetry, flight control, power and propulsion systems.

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Aerostar International Inc. fabricated the hull of the helium-inflated balloon and the Air Force Research Laboratory developed the launch system, provided facilities and supported the launch and recovery. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command sponsored the flight.

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