The SHADT campaign is conducted with small balloons carrying the parachute test vehicles.
Each balloon flight test is performed with three test vehicles which at a predestined altitudes separates in sequence from the balloon flight system, and then free falls up to a speed of Mach 0.8 before parachute deployment.
The test vehicles are retrieved and brought back to Esrange for refurbishment, where the used parachutes are installed into new test vehicles and then re-flown at the next launch opportunity.
The SHADT vehicles are required to impact at the Esrange safety zone due to the nature of the parachute tests.
This season of the year that implicates that the balloon launches have to be carried out outside Esrange, and more specifically a quite large distance to the west of Esrange, so the balloon flight trajectory will bring the vehicles into the Esrange safety zone before separation. A mobile balloon mission campaign of this kind has never been performed before by SSC, so if we succeed some new ground would truly be broken.
Preparation of the test vehicles and balloon flight systems are ready so the campaign organization is eager for the first launch opportunity.
A short test flight from Esrange will follow tomorrow. Weather and trajectory predictions indicate that Thursday seems promising as the first launch opportunity.
|Launch site||Kiruna area|
|Launch date||October 15, 2014|
|Balloon size||4100 m3|
at 30 km
Mr. Niklas Johansson, Project manager SSC
John Underwood, Vorticity Ltd