Sensor System for Super-Pressure Balloon Performance Modeling

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CD79P
Agency Tracking Number: 095746
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.10
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
106 Pronghorn Trail, Bozeman, MT, 59718-6081
DUNS: 118024608
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Bognar
 Principal Investigator
 (406) 994-9354
Business Contact
 John Bognar
Title: Business Official
Phone: (406) 994-9354
Research Institution
Long-duration balloon flights are an exciting new area of scientific ballooning, enabled by the development of large super-pressure balloons. As these balloons represent a new form of balloon technology, it follows that there is much to be learned about how these balloons behave in flight. There is a need to collect data on the balloon platform itself in order to better characterize its in-flight behavior. A lightweight suite of sensors will be developed to quantify several variables affecting the balloon. The measurements will include gas temperature inside and outside of the balloon, balloon film strain and temperature, and the aging of the balloon film. Phase I will involve developing a gas temperature sensing approach, a film strain and aging sensing approach, and an alternate approach to film strain and temperature measurements. Taken as a group, the approaches to be investigated are seen as likely to offer promising solutions to those measurement challenges. They will be tested in the laboratory and in a balloon on the ground. The ultimate result of the project will be a sensor suite that allows super-pressure balloon behavior and flights to be accurately modeled.

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