Launching telescopes with balloons

Launching telescopes with balloons

Balloon The project is aimed in part at demonstrating that NASA’s new balloon vehicle can carry sophisticated instruments in near-space fairly cheaply. Balloon-borne telescopes can be launched at roughly 1 per cent of the cost of deploying a satellite by conventional rocket launches. The balloon has a volume of about 1.2-million cubic metres and is as high as a 33-storey building. [via] Link.

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