22 May 2016
Who doesn’t want to play (even a little part) in launching a super-sized balloon into near space, that has the purpose of furthering science?NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) team has been back in New Zealand for the past six weeks, and on Tuesday 17 May at 11.30am they successfully launched their super pressure 500 feet in diameter balloon! Just how big is that? Well, at cruise altitude the balloon will be about the size of Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr stadium – wow!Tuesday was the culmination of months of planning – including working with a team of people from across Airways to plan the airspace logistics for the launch. We coordinated with NASA to determine the optimal launch time and on the day facilitated the safe passage of...
NASA's Dwayne Orr on the collaboration with Airways