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High Altitude Shuttle System

Near Space Corporation
High Altitude Shuttle System (HASS)

High Altitude Shuttle System. Credit: Near Space Corporation


PLATFORM

NSC’s patent pending High Altitude Shuttle System (HASS) combines an innovative Tactical Balloon Launch System with a special high altitude unmanned Shuttle for payload recovery.

FLIGHT PROFILE

The Tactical Balloon Launch System (TBLS) provides an unprecedented level of launch flexibility and responsiveness. Launching conventional stratospheric balloons typically requires relatively calm winds, established launch sites, and large support teams. The TBLS allows 2-3 persons to launch balloon-borne payloads from undeveloped remote launch sites in winds of up to 30 kts. This enhances the ability to overfly specific targets or fly desired profiles. The Shuttle semi-autonomously returns payloads to pre-specified landing sites, and, with benign landing conditions, allows payloads to be rapidly turned around and reused in re-flights. Payload providers desiring enhanced flight path control or the ability to make iterative payload changes between frequent, high altitude flight tests will find NSC’s HASS to be an appropriate platform.

PAYLOAD CONFIGURATION

Standard HASS flights can lift payloads of up to 10 kg to altitudes of 30 km for flights of up to six hours. Non-standard options include higher altitudes and longer flight durations. For HASS, the primary payload bay is comprised of the center section of the Shuttle with payload attachment and access provided through its bottom hatch. This composite payload tray/hatch serves as the ‘framework’ onto which the payload is mounted. The standard HASS avionics suite is mounted on the forward part of the tray just prior to launch. All other real estate on the payload tray is available for primary payload use within the enclosed physical constraints of the Shuttle centerbody, the 10 kg (22 lbs) maximum payload weight limit, and specified center of gravity (CG) constraints.

Near Space Corporation provides further information for payload users in their HASS Payload User's Guide ».

High Altitude Shuttle System under tow balloon

High Altitude Shuttle System under tow balloon. Credit: Near Space Corporation

Ongoing

COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

High Altitude Shuttle System

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

UAV / unpiloted

TYPE

Up to 30 km

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE

24+ hours (~6 hrs Standard)

MAXIMUM FLIGHT DURATION

10 kg (22 lbs)

USEFUL PAYLOAD MASS

Tillamook, Oregon

INITIAL SPACEPORT

HASS Payload User's Guide (PUG) »

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