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World View Enterprises
Now operating balloons with very high resolution cameras for persistant HAPS surveillance. Gorgon Stare anyone?
high  altitude  balloon  HAPS  surveillance  stratellite  stratollite 
june 2019 by asteroza
An overnight habitat for expanding lunar surface exploration - ScienceDirect
Interesting lunar popup tent for moon explorers. Sizing roughly in the motorcycle camper range?
moon  inflatable  habitat  space  popup  balloon  tent  research  technology  design  portable 
may 2019 by asteroza
[1803.03111] Steam balloon concept for lifting rockets to launch altitude
So ground filled steam balloon might not suck at larger sizes, for rockoons?
steam  lift  gas  high  altitude  balloon  rocket  launch  rockoon  space  research  technology 
november 2018 by asteroza
Ball Aerospace - OAWL- wind LIDAR
New compact wind LIDAR with long range, which in theory would allow a high altitude balloon to detect favorable wind directions and change altitude to maneuver, becoming effectively stationary.
wind  detection  LIDAR  DARPA  high  altitude  maneuvering  geostationary  stratellite  balloon 
november 2018 by asteroza
Raven Aerostar - Raven Aerostar
These guys make Project Loon's balloons
google  project  loon  balloon 
november 2018 by asteroza
LEO
Another rockoon newspace startup
newspace  startup  balloon  launch  rocket  rockoon  space  launcher 
april 2018 by asteroza
Helikite Aerostat, Unique cross of balloon (Blimp) & kite aerostats
Interesting balloon kite to carry stuff like emergency cell station antennas and sensors.
kytoon  aerostat  tethered  balloon  kite  blimp  radio  relay  basestation  cell  cellphone  helikite 
october 2017 by asteroza
B2Space
another small rocket startup using a balloon zero stage
newspace  small  rocket  launcher  space  balloon 
august 2017 by asteroza
StratoSail Balloon Guidance System - Global Aerospace Corporation
Using a glider/kite anchor to exploit differences in wind direction/strength at high altitude to provide directional control for balloons
stratospheric  balloon  directional  control  anchor  kite  glider  aerospace  aviation  research  technology  Delicious 
december 2016 by asteroza
The Deep Sweep
This could easily have ended in tears. Also, wouldn't this show up on radar?
sousveillance  wireless  signal  scanning  balloon  recon  hacking  security  mapping  SIGINT  Delicious 
november 2015 by asteroza
Bloostar
Rockoon based nanosat launcher. Wonder if they are teaming up with JP Aerospace for the balloon part?
Bloostar  rockoon  hybrid  rocket  balloon  launcher  space  research  technology  nanosat  nanosatellite  Delicious 
october 2014 by asteroza
AOE Accumulated Ocean Energy Inc - Creating a safe, clean energy for all on Earth.
Using a wave buoy based pump to compress air for a UWCAES setup. Problem is the heat loss (since it would be hard to recover), means you lose a lot of efficiency in the CAES system. I suppose they eat the loss, since the primary power source is renewable wave energy, rather than a grid input.
UWCAES  CAES  underwater  ocean  compressed  air  energy  storage  bag  balloon  green  wave  pump  buoy  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Commercial Grid Scaling of Energy Bags for Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage
Some improvements in the design of high tensile strength balloon bags as a compressed air energy storage device, as a spinoff from doing Bigelow Aerospace TransHab style inflatable space station module production and research.
UWCAES  CAES  underwater  ocean  energy  storage  bag  balloon  compressed  air  green  structural  tendon  strip  fabric  textile  research  technology  Delicious 
september 2014 by asteroza
Air HES
Slightly insane airborne hydroelectric powerplant. The idea is to use a tethered blimp holding a fog/dew/cloud catching screen to grab water from air/clouds, with the tether doubling as a tube. The hydraulic head is non-trival, and can be shunted through through a water turbine to make power and recover the water for purification. If the generated power is enough, I suppose you could generate hydrogen gas on site for the blimps.
airborne  power  generator  tether  tethered  blimp  aerostat  balloon  fog  dew  mist  water  vapor  collector  mesh  screen  hydroelectric  green  energy  Delicious 
august 2014 by asteroza
CSP Home - StratoSolar
This is so crazy it MIGHT work. But due to the physics properties of the lightpipe (particularly the number of allowable bounces), you are pretty much committed to the 163m diameter lightpipe for the 20Km altitude. So that means your initial prototype likely has to be at least 1GW. There's also the catenary bend issues of the lightpipe tether to deal with due to winds aloft. One could make the argument that if you are committing to such a huge vertical pipe, you could just as easily commit to a solar updraft tower using a buoyant chimney.
StratoSolar  stratospheric  balloon  dirigible  aerostat  buoyant  solar  concentrator  collector  light  pipe  lightpipe  tether  CSP  thermal  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
june 2011 by asteroza
StratoSolar - Home
Crazy idea for a giant floating PV array. See also the related idea for a crazy giant CSP solar thermal concentrating lens balloon with lightpipe tether.
StratoSolar  stratospheric  balloon  dirigible  aerostat  buoyant  solar  collector  PV  tether  thethered  power  generator  green  energy  concentrator  CSP  Delicious 
february 2011 by asteroza
Cool Earth Solar: Reshaping Solar Energy
Hrm, I wonder if you could make an oversized air inflated structure to support long rows of these things in an airborne pattern, like a giant inflatable wall..
technology  green  energy  power  generator  plastic  solar  concentrator  aluminum  film  inflatable  concentrating  reflector  thin  cool  balloon  earth  CSP  pet  recyclable  Delicious 
february 2009 by asteroza

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