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Low-Altitude Exploration of the Venus Atmosphere by BalloonThe planet Venus represents an exciting target for future exploration by spacecraft. One target of scientific interest is the lower atmosphere, which represents an environment of high temperature and moderate to high atmospheric pressure. This represents a considerable challenge to the technical art of ballooning, but one which may be amenable to solution. Several possible designs for low-altitude balloons are discussed. Conceptual design for three mission examples are analyzed: a conventional balloon operating below the cloud level at an altitude of 25 kilometers, a large rigid-envelope balloon operating near the surface at an altitude of 5 kilometers, and a small, technology demonstrator rigid-envelope balloon operating at 5 kilometers.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Landis, Geoffrey A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
January 6, 2010
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper-2010-628
Meeting Information
Meeting: 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Location: Orlando, FL
Country: United States
Start Date: January 4, 2010
End Date: January 7, 2010
Sponsors: American Inst. of Architects Foundation
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 361426.07.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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