Third Launch Attempt Postponed For Super Pressure Balloon

Image Credit: NASA

April 10, 2017 – NASA postponed the third launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 10 due to poor weather at ground and surface levels.

Wind speeds were just slightly above those required for launch, and with the uncertainty for precipitation in the area, the team made the decision to postpone for the day.

No launch attempt is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11. NASA will determine whether or not Wednesday’s weather will support a launch attempt. (All times/dates New Zealand time zone.)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is using a super-pressure balloon to launch the Extreme Universe Space Observatory to near space, where it will observe ultra-high-energy cosmic rays as they interact with the Earth’s atmosphere.

Students from the Colorado School of Mines assembled the gondola that holds the project’s instrumentation.