Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO.
Launch Window: December-January
Cruising Altitude: 20,000 to 26,000 feet; ceiling of 33,000 feet
Duration: 15 days
Outside Air Temperature: -55 to -70 degrees C
Speed: over ocean 50 mph, land 35mph, maximum 150 mph
Type: De Rozier
Height: 160 feet
Fabric: Polyester, covered in aluminized mylar
Weight: 1,200 pounds
Fuel: 700 gallons of propane and ethane
Fuel Cylinders: 11 large and 4 small tanks
Total weight of the the balloon: 8,000 pounds
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- INMARSAT C
- INMARSAT M
- NMARSAT C.
- HF radio and VHF radio
- EPIRB: Satellite emergency locator
A research project is being developed for the flight.
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