NASA balloon to take off from Wanaka

April 9, 2017

NASA’s latest super pressure balloon (SPB) is set for take-off from Wanaka Airport.

The purpose of the flight is to test the balloon technology in near-space.

The launch was scheduled for Saturday, however swirling winds have delayed the launch.

The balloon is about the size of the Forsyth-Barr Stadium in Dunedin, when fully inflated and is made from polyethylene film, similar to that used sandwich bags but is stronger.

Researchers hope the balloon will stay up for up to 100 days, setting a record.

The current record flight for such balloons is 54 days.

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This can't
BE TRUE think about it 100 days at at least 100 kph it has to reach space and no wonder nobody has stayed up for 100 days


bigger than the stadium in dunedin??!?!?!


so cool thanks for the news


big round BALLOON!!!


This will be really cool!


is it poppable?


Now NZ is getting famous!


It's probably going to be delayed for another 6 weeks because of the weather!


Hope it lasts 100 days good luck!


Wow! this is awesome, I wonder if it will stay up for 100 days?

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