Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Cardillo A., Musso I. Procedure di navigazione missione DTFT0. Il lavoro del personale CNR-ISTI stato effettuato nell'ambito del contratto ASI N. I/019/05/0. Technical report, 2006.
The Unmanned Space Vehicle test flights use an aircraft with a weight of 1300kg and a length of 7m. The first launch had been planned at the Stratospheric Balloon Launch Facilities of the Italian Space Agency in Trapani-Milo, Sicily. An heavy stratospheric balloon had been chosen to drop the aircraft at the predefined altitude. The aircraft demonstrator after a free fall acceleration to transonic velocity, through a horizontal flight reduces its speed in order to deploy a parachute for an appropriate splash-down into the predefined safe area of the central Mediterranean Sea. This document defines the operational procedures to be applied by the balloon navigation team, from three days before launch to the payload recovery.
URL: http://www.asi.it/
Subject Balloon flight procedures
Balloon flight operations
Balloon flight control
Physical sciences and engineering. Aerospace

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