The US Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has said it has conducted a scientific test with a balloon in Antarctica, and has recorded the longest flight record of the same size.
Super-TIGER hot air balloon
The balloon carrying Super-TIGER signaling equipment, as of January 24, 2013, has been in the air for 46 days, fulfilling two rounds of orbit around Antarctica, currently in its third round. , UPI news agency quoted NASA reports as saying.'This is an excellent achievement for the team of astrophysicists, keeping the huge stable high-altitude hot air balloon for a long time very important for scientific experiments,' said NASA official. Mr. John Grunsfeld said.
Super-TIGER measures rare, heavy elements outside the Milky Way that bombard our planet. This balloon has a capacity of more than 1.1 million m 3 , flying up into the air from December 8, 2012 from the starting position near the MsMurdo Scientific Research Station, South Pole. Elevation reached 38,410m, 4 times higher than conventional commercial aircraft, UPI said.
The hot air balloon launch location near McMurdo has the advantage of avoiding the swirling wind pattern on the stratosphere that operates from east to west around the Antarctic. Scientists in the research team said the hot air balloon worked for 10 days before landing at McMurdo Station.