Small/Nano Balloon System (SBS/NBS)
Near Space Corporation
Small Balloon System
The Small Balloon System (SBS) offers many of the advantages of the, but exchanges the tactical launch system and gliding payload return vehicle for the simplicity of a traditional high altitude balloon vehicle with a parachute recovery system. Standard SBS flights can lift payloads of up to 10 kg to altitudes of 35 km for flights of up to six hour. Non-standard options include larger payload masses, higher altitudes, longer flight durations, and remote launch sites. The system is approved for flights outside of a normal test range environment, with standard operations conducted out of NSC’s Tillamook Balloon Facility. The SBS is well suited for small satellite and spacecraft subsystem developers wanting to raise their Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and qualify their payload in a relevant environment.
Nano Balloon System
The Nano Balloon System (NBS) is an ideal platform for cubesat developers seeking to test their prototype in a space-like relevant environment. Standard flights can lift fully self-contained 1U cubesats (1 kg, 10 cm sided cube) to altitudes of 30 km for flights of up to six hours. Several non-standard options are available, including a variety of standard or custom thermal insulated housings to accommodate different payload shapes and volumes, as well as the ability to send limited payload commands and provide onboard data recording. Standard flights are conducted out of NSC’s Tillamook Balloon Facility, and, due to its small size and mass, the Nano Balloon System can be operated under less restrictive regulations with increased operational flexibility. This system is ideal for payload providers seeking a quick and simple solution for operating a small passive payload in the near space environment.
Near Space Corporation provides further information on the Small and Nano Balloon Systems in their Payload User's Guides »
Small/Nano Balloon System
Balloon / Unpiloted
Up to 35/30 km
Up to 6 hrs
MAXIMUM FLIGHT DURATION
10 kg (22 lbs) / 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
USEFUL PAYLOAD MASS