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Title: Wind-driven Montgolfiere balloons for Mars - DRAFT
Authors: Jones, Jack A.
Fairbrother, Debora
Lemieux, Aimee
Lachenmeier, Tim
Zubrin, Robert
Keywords: Montgolfiere
planetary
Mars
balloon
Issue Date: Jan-2005
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004.
Citation: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 44th Aerospaces Sciences Meeting, Reno, Nevada, January 9-12, 2004.
Abstract: Solar Montgolfiere balloons, or solar-heated hot air balloons have been evaluated by use on Mars for about 5 years. In the past, JPL has developed thermal models that have been confirmed, as well as developed altitude control systems to allow the balloons to float over the landscape or carry ground sampling instrumentation. Pioneer Astronautics has developed and tested a landing system for Montgolfieres. JPL, together with GSSL. have successfully deployed small Montgolfieres (<15-m diameter) in the earth's stratosphere, where conditions are similar to a Mars deployment. Two larger Montgolfieres failed, however, and a series of larger scale Montgolfieres is now planned using stronger, more uniform polyethylene bilaminate, combined with stress-reducing ripstitch and reduced parachute deceleration velocities. This program, which is presently under way, is a joint effort between JPL, WFF, and GSSL, and is planned for completion in three years.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40539
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