Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gondola canopy as parachute

Small high altitude balloons usually have to have a parachute for a controlled descent. In our case perhaps the gondola cyclo-olefin canopy could be the parachute, or "ballute" to be exact. It could be filled with an inert, heavier than air gas like argon perhaps.
For those of you who don't know, balloons usually have to return on command, for instance by firing a small squib to burst the main canopy.

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