|Flying a balloon-borne instrument
around Antarctica requires a lot of preparation. After the instrument
has been constructed and is working, NASA requires that the instrument
be flown in a North American test flight before going to Antarctica.
Here are some pictures from our North American test flight in the summer
of 1997. We took good data during this flight, and have submitted
two science papers which you can find in on our publications
partially assembled gondola hanging in the NSBF highbay.
The Gondola outside
hanging on the launch
vehicle (Tiny Tim),
ready for flight.
||The payload and launch vehicle
(Tiny Tim) on the launch pad (to the left) with the balloon rising (on
the right) just after the balloon was released...
||The balloon continues to
rise; Tiny Tim holds the payload until the balloon rises overhead,
being careful to position the payload directly underneath the rising balloon,
||...lets go! Boomerang
rises into the Texas evening sky for its overnight test flight.