Oral Presentation

Pre-Burst Chaos


It is generally assumed that the ascent of a hydrogen/helium filled weather balloon carrying a string of experimental payloads into the atmosphere is relatively uniform. The net force acting on the balloon is very small and the ascent rate is fairly constant. However, evidence has been obtained from some flights of some very turbulent behavior. In a few cases, the flight string and the balloon become inverted and the flight string has fallen through the balloon resulting in an early end to the flight. I will discuss some of these events and offer a simple explanation of a possible cause. I will encourage all experimenters to carry accelerometers on their flights to provide evidence of these events.

How to Cite:

Brooks H. L., (2011) “Pre-Burst Chaos”, Academic High Altitude Conference 1(2011).




Published on
01 Jan 2011
Peer Reviewed