From Pole to Pole ISTAR has successfully launched over 50 heavy lift stratospheric balloons and has trained other companies in launch operations.
Stratospheric ballooning provides cost effective access to near-space. At a fraction of the cost of a rocket, stratospheric balloons take your experiment into Near Space.
Stratopheric balloons are the cost effective method to reach the stratosphere, giving you 24/7 experimental exposure for over 40 days!
Launched from the Svalbard Ny-Alesund research community to take advantage of the dark winter sky.
Balloon just released from the launch spool. In approximately 24 seconds the balloon climbs over the launch vehicle and is released.
ISTAR approached the Sisters High School in 2015 with the idea of developing a Near Space Research program by using stratospheric balloons.
ISTAR heads to Australia in June of 2016 to launch 2 consecutive 33,000 Cu. M. balloons for a company from Singapore.
Limited time, darkness, wind, cold, and overhead commercial flights tested the patience of the launch team.
Stratopheric ballooning, or the use of stratospheric balloons not only provides a cost effective access to near-space but it is just fun! With a rapid turnaround time from the launch of the balloon to recovery operations no other resource offers as much of a return for the financial investment as do high altitude balloons. For the past 27 years, ISTAR has been successfully launching stratospheric balloons from locations around the globe including both polar regions .
ISTAR began supporting stratospheric science research programs using balloons in 1991 while managing the National Science Foundation field office in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The management of the NSF field office in Greenland was through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.In comparison to rocket placed satellites, balloon carried instruments reach near space at a fraction of the cost. Stratospheric balloons can be launched, tracked, and terminated in a safe location with the experiment being recovered to again be launched within a short turn around time. Of course balloons and rockets are two completely different vehicle for exploration. Balloons "float" in Near Space - The region of Earth's atmosphere that lies between 20 and 100 km (65,000 and 328,000 feet) above sea level encompassing the stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere for around 40 days for a zero pressure balloon and over 100 days for a super pressure balloon.