News published in February 2017

  • 28 February 2017

    Boeing's Starliner descent system tested over White Sands

    White Sands, New Mexico.- The facilities of Spaceport America saw it's first stratospheric balloon launch, a few days ago, as part of the test phase of Boeing's Starliner CST-100 parachute system.

    During the test, a balloon lifted the flight-sized boilerplate Starliner spacecraft up to about 40,000 feet where it floated across the San Andres Mountains for a parachute landing in terrains belonging to the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR)...

  • February 23 2017

    CNES prepares a balloon launch campaign in Australia

    Alice Springs, Australia.- Almost 30 years after the last campaign performed in the island, the balloon division of the French Space Agency CNES will be returning this March to Australia to launch three stratospheric balloons in a campaign denominated "Austral 2017".

    The scientific effort will take place from the facilities of the Australian Balloon Launch Station (ABLS) located in Alice Springs, in the center of the island, with support from the University of New South Wales...