Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Peterzen S. E., Ibba R., Olsen G. J., Dragoy P., Masi S., Romeo G., diStefano G., Cardillo A., Musso I. First circumpolar trajectory ultralight to heavy long duration balloon development from svalbard, Norway. In: 18th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research (Visby, Sweden, 3-7 July 2007). Proceedings, pp. 97 - 103. L. Conroy (ed.). (ESA Special Publications, vol. 647). European Space Agency, 2007.
During the 2006 Ultra Light LDB campaign in Svalbard, the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, (ASI)) in a joint effort with Andoya Rocket Range (ARR) launched what became the first complete circumpolar trajectory around the northern polar region by a stratospheric balloon launched from Svalbard. The historic balloon experiment was launched from the Nobile / Amundsen Stratospheric Balloon Center Svalbard (N/A SBC). The flight trajectory starting from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, took the stratospheric balloon on a 17 day excursion in a near perfect circle back over Svalbard and on to Greenland where the flight was successfully terminated for recovery. Not only did this historic flight prove concept of successful LDB programs above 79 degrees N, but also proved the viability of using Ultralite LDB platform to achieve exciting science. These small balloons (9,300 m(3)) Carry Iridium based TM systems, redundant terminate systems, solar charging system and a parachute making die entire system recoverable. The N/A SBC-Svalbard effort offers an excellent opportunity as a student launch program due to the year-round access to Longyearbyen, low comparative cost, and local support. The Ultralite LDB program also make accessible a quick opportunity for testing components in a real time environment for future Rights (large LDB systems) as well as a stratospheric platforms for science research. For the 2007 summer season there will be further testing of TM systems as well as continuing with our successful Ultra Light LDB. Programs for 2007 include staging of equipment in Longyearbyen to support the 2008 OLIMPO and BOOMERanG experiments, setting up integration facilities for experimenters, and performing system tests. Since 2003, ASI and ARR have launched 10 LDB systems with balloon payloads reaching up to a maximum of 39 days at the float altitude from the world's most northern scientific balloon research facility ... the Nobile/Amundsen Stratospheric Balloon Center at Svalbard.
Subject LDB
Long duration balloon
Circumpolar flight
Stratospheric balloon
J.2 Physical Sciences and Engineering

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