KerBalloon Program

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Program Patch

Given that rockets are inherently dangerous and thus the pace of our push to higher altitudes is paradoxically slow, atmospheric scientists banded together to form the KerBalloon Program and are working in conjunction with the KerBalloon agency itself to design various balloons that can be used to loft payloads up into the atmosphere to study weather and climate conditions, among other things.

Program News Highlight – 6/30/17

Operations Summary – Week of 6/26/17

Logistical issues arising from more traveling to more distant launch locations leads to discussion of purchasing our own airship. Full Story Show All News

Primary Program Goals

Launch and recover a payload safely
Test various science payloads/part crash tolerances (ongoing)
Study the atmosphere above all biomes on Kerbin
Show Secondary Goals
Study the atmosphere above the Ice Caps
Study the atmosphere above the Northern Ice Shelf
Study the atmosphere above the Southern Ice Shelf
Study the atmosphere above the Tundra
Study the atmosphere above the Highlands
Study the atmosphere above the Mountains
Study the atmosphere above the Grasslands
Study the atmosphere above the Deserts
Study the atmosphere above the Badlands
Study the atmosphere above the Shores
Study the atmosphere above the Water

Active Program Contracts

None at this time
Show Inactive Contracts (2017)
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 11/15/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 18,000 meters near Zone DJSNM for Albert Kerman Industries
Low-Altitude Science Surveys – 11/8/17
Contracts Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 19,200 meters near Zone TR-001 for Moving Parts Experts Group
Take pressure readings in flight below 19,100 meters near Site JF-455 for Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems
High-Altitude Science Survey – 11/2/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 16,600 meters near Zone 72R72X for Reaction Systems Ltd
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 10/23/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 18,500 meters near Area DRA55 for Flooyd Dynamics Research Lab
High-Altitude Science Survey – 10/17/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,600 meters near Area H1S7 for Kerbodyne
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 10/5/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight below 19,100 meters near Sector RP-010 for Kerbolyov Design Bereau
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 10/4/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 16,400 meters near Sector RT-M0H for Zaltonic Electronics
Low-Altitude Science Surveys – 9/28/17
Contracts Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 16,700 meters near Sector N9-Q9B for Armstrong, Siddeley and Royce Engineering
Measure the temperature in flight below 19,100 meters near Zone EBGY-010 for Glowing Kraken Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 9/27/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,800 meters near Site WK71 for Wobbly Rockets
High-Altitude Science Survey – 9/26/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 16,600 meters near Site T3KCSD for Glowing Kraken Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 9/15/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,000 meters near Sector P42P for Kerbodyne
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 9/13/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 17,100 meters near Area H-MJW for Rokea Inc
High-Altitude Science Survey – 9/6/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,300 meters near Area HX-HD for Probodobodyne Inc
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 9/5/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 19,400 meters near Zone 83H-2K for Umbra Space Industries
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 9/1/17
Contract Failed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 19,100 meters near Sector Q4CLVG for Umbra Space Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/30/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 17,100 meters near Area CQ-49 for Experimental Engineering Group
High-Altitude Science Surveys – 8/25/17
Contracts Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 18,400 meters near Site Z-6O4 for Reaction Systems Ltd
Measure the pressure in flight above 19,300 meters near Site Q-WL9 for L-Tech Scientific Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/23/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,300 meters near Area X88PT for Novapunch
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/18/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 16,900 meters near Sector PG-XF for Moving Parts Experts Group
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/9/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,600 meters near Site K-119E for Moving Parts Experts Group
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/7/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,600 meters near Zone 5-3S for Tiberdyne Aerospace
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/2/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 18,500 meters near Area X07TT for Periapsis Rocket Supplies Co
High-Altitude Science Survey – 8/1/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,700 meters near Site L-7H1 for Tiberdyne Aerospace
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 7/25/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 17,800 meters near Sector QKRM for Armstrong, Siddeley and Royce Engineering
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 7/6/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 19,200 meters near Eumon’s Tears for Kerbodyne
High-Altitude Science Survey – 7/4/17
Contract Failed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,500 meters near Zone 39-W for Kerbal Aircraft Expansioneers Ltd
High-Altitude Science Surveys – 6/28/17
Contracts Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,800 meters near Sector MJD6 for Junk Systems Inc
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,900 meters near Kathie’s Prize for Reaction Systems Ltd
High-Altitude Science Survey – 6/26/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,300 meters near Pilot’s Wonder for Sean’s Cannery
High-Altitude Science Survey – 6/22/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,200 meters near Elinica’s Legacy for Integrated Integrals
High-Altitude Science Survey – 6/16/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,800 meters near Jeschel’s Luck for Albert Kerman Industries
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 6/13/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 18,000 meters near Sector FY4KLL for Periapsis Rocket Supplies Co
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 6/9/17
Contract Failed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight below 19,300 meters near Catry’s Anomaly for Goliath National Products
Low-Altitude Science Surveys – 6/8/17 & 6/9/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight below 17,500 meters near Site VNJ-4 for Tarsier Space Technology
Measure the temperature in flight below 19,600 meters near Gilmon’s Descent for Real Chute
High-Altitude Science Survey – 6/2/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 16,700 meters near Sector SS7DMM for Glowing Kraken Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/25/17
Contract Failed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 17,300 meters near Area C8FN9 for Albert Kerman Industries. Will carry out in partnership with Genesis Program
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/17/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 19,600 meters near Hendon’s Drift for Silisko Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/17/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,000 meters near Site W-82 for Integrated Integrals
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/16/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,200 meters near Lisnne’s Crater for Bloeting. Will carry out in partnership with Genesis Program
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/15/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,100 meters near Zone 5-L3DS for Wobbly Rockets
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/10/17
Contract Failed Mission Report
Measure the pressure in flight above 18,800 meters near Area H2W37 for Rokea Inc
High-Altitude Science Survey – 5/8/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 16,700 meters near Zone 6-VZLB for DMagic Orbital Sciences. Civvie will drop a KerBalloon to perform this contract
High-Altitude Science Survey – 4/21/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,200 meters near Kirrim’s Dawn for Rokea Inc. Dropped from a Civvie to be deployed over the area
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 4/13/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Take pressure readings in flight below 14,700 meters near Derfred’s Recklessness for Jeb’s Junkyard and Spaceship Parts
High-Altitude Science Survey – 4/5/17
Contract Partially Failed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 18,500 meters near Manley’s Lament for Armstrong, Siddeley and Royce Engineering
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 3/9/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 17,300 meters near Zone 5-BBQ for Shadow Space Technologies Unlimited
High-Altitude Science Survey – 3/6/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,500 meters near Zone 7-BNC for Umbra Space Industries
High-Altitude Science Survey – 1/25/17
Contract Partially Failed Mission Report
Take pressure readings in flight above 17,800 meters near Zone 5-0D for Shadow Space Technologies Unlimited
High-Altitude Science Survey – 1/25/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,300 meters near Jaalla’s Trough for CTC Exploration
Low-Altitude Science Survey – 1/25/17
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 16,600 meters near Sector NM-1P9 for Tokamak Industries
Show Inactive Contracts (2016)
Low Altitude Science Survey – 12/20/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 18,200 meters near Jorsey’s Passage for RealChute
Low Altitude Science Survey – 12/14/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Take temperature readings in flight below 16,500 meters near Zone 8-XDH5 for Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems.
Low Altitude Science Survey – 11/30/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Take temperature readings in flight below 17,100 meters near Sector N6-S2 for Coatl Aerospace.
Low Altitude Science Survey – 11/25/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 18,000 meters near Zone 9NFH for Fuel Tanks Plus
Low Altitude Science Survey – 11/23/16
Contract Failed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 16,700 meters near Area F3V-DQ for Experimental Engineering
Low Altitude Science Survey – 11/18/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Low Altitude Science Survey – 11/15/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Take pressure readings in flight below 19,400 meters near Raygard’s Vision for Kip Engineering
Low Altitude Science Survey – 11/10/16
Contract Completed Mission Report
Measure the temperature in flight below 18,000 meters near Boblock’s Isolation for an undisclosed agency.

Program Album

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Steaming South

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

To New Heights

High-Altitude KerBalloon Probe

Radiation Sensors

All the parts!

Highlands KerBalloon Launch

Rolling Out Under the Stars and Nebulae

New Batteries

KerBalloon Launch

Sea Launch

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

KerBallon "Cool Pics" Launch

Up and Away

Launch Prep

Eclipse Atmospheric Temperature Study

Rover Crash

KerBalloon Recovery

Roll Out!

Highlands Dawn Launch

Red Dawn

Ready to Rove

A Different Launch

Up Up and Away

Atmospheric Probe (Standard)

KerBalloons

KerBalloon Ground Track

KerBalloon Test

KerBalloon Test

KerBalloon Test

KerBalloon Test Probe

Program Duration: Sep 2016 – ongoing
Program Expenditure: 319,281
Program Income: 638,903 (319,622)
Active Vessels: Low Altitude, High Altitude
Number of Launches: 73
Program Success Rate: 88%
Program Ribbon:
Program Crew: Bob, Bill
Agency Partners: Umbra Space Industries, KerBalloon, Probodobodyne, Zaltonic Electronics

Vessel Patch

The initial KerBalloon was designed using material taken from airship hulls, which meant it was tough but not flexible, so it would eventually succumb to the internal pressure expanding during ascent and burst at 16.5km ASL. This still allows collection of data throughout the lower atmosphere during its ~45min ascent. This initial design can carry two small science instruments as its payload.

Vessel News Highlight – 1/17/17

Crews Injured/Killed in KerBalloon Mission Disaster

An unfortunate event led to a landslide totaling at least one maybe two rovers and injuring both occupants of each to various extents from minor to severe.Full Story Show All News

Active Missions

None at this time.
Show Past Missions (2017)
Low-Altitude Science Survey 29 – 11/15/17
Specialists Bob & Bill traverse overland to the West Shore Desert to gather temperature data from Zone DJSNM for use by Albert Kerman Industries
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Surveys 27 & 28 – 11/8/17
Specialist Bob launches from sea aboard MSV Lymun to gather pressure data from Site JF-455 and temperature data from Zone TR-001, suffering a partial & uncharacteristic failure during one ascent
 Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 26 – 10/23/17
Specialists Bob & Bill set out for the longest overland trek in UTVs to date, looking to cover nearly 260km to make it to Area DRA55 to get low-altitude temperature data for Flooyd Dynamics
 Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 25 – 10/5/17
Specialist Bob, still aboard MSV Tongjess, launches from Sector RP-010 to gather pressure data for Kerbolyov Design Bureau while Specialist Bill stands by in the event of a land recovery due to winds
 Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 24 – 10/4/17
Specialist Bob heads to Sector RT-M0H aboard the Maritime Service Vessel Tongjess to launch & recover after gathering temperature data for Zaltonic Electronics
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Surveys 22 & 23 – 9/28/17
Specialist Bob sends up two balloons over Zone EBGY-010 & Sector N9-Q9B to gather temperature data for Glowing Kraken Industries & Armstrong Siddeley and Royce Engineering respectively
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 21 – 9/13/17
Specialist Bob goes 33km out to sea to launch in Area H-MJW and collect temperature data for Rokea. high winds from the north keep the balloon out to sea after launching close to land
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 20 – 9/5/17
Specialists Bill & Bob, one by land & one by sea, head for Zone 83H-2K to gather temperature readings for Umbra Space Industries. One or the other will collect the payload depending where it lands
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 19 – 9/1/17
Specialist Bob takes sail aboard a Maritime Service Vessel a short distance offshore at Sector Q4CLVG to launch a payload for Umbra Space Industries to gather pressure data
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 18 – 7/25/17
Specialists Bill and Bob head north 38km to Sector QKRM in order to deploy a low-altitude balloon to gather temperature data for Armstrong, Siddeley and Royce Engineering
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 17 – 7/6/17
Specialists Bill and Bob head north 23km to Eumon’s Tears in order to deploy a low-altitude balloon to gather temperature data for Kerbodyne
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 16 – 6/13/17
Specialists Bill and Bob head out with a crew in UTVs 57km to Sector FY4KLL north of KSC in order to deploy a low-altitude balloon to gather temperature data for Periapsis Rocket Supplies Co
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 15 – 6/9/17
Specialist Bob boards the MSV Lymun at Umbarg to carry out a temperature survey at Catry’s Anomaly for Goliath National Products, unaware that something lurks in the deep…
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Surveys 13 & 14 – 6/8/17 & 6/9/17
With the sites so close together, surveys were carried out simultaneously over Gilmon’s Descent and Site VNJ-4 for Real Chute and Tarsier Space Technology, respectively.
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 12 – 4/13/17
Take pressure readings in flight below 14,700 meters near Derfred’s Recklessness for Jeb’s Junkyard and Spaceship Parts
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 11 – 3/9/17
Measure the temperature in flight below 17,300 meters near Zone 5-BBQ for Shadow Space Technologies Unlimited
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 10 – 1/25/17
Measure the temperature in flight below 16,600 meters near Sector NM-1P9 for Tokamak Industries as part of a 3-launch sea voyage
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 9 – 1/17/17
Measure the temperature in flight below 17,800 meters near Site ZT-8 for Aerojet Kerbodyne. Unfortunately disaster struck en-route to the launch site
Mission Report
Show Past Missions (2016)
Low-Altitude Science Survey 8 – 12/20/16
We measured the temperature in flight below 18,200 meters near Jorsey’s Passage for RealChute
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 7 – 12/14/16
We collected some temperature data in the region around KSC for Vac-Co Advanced Suction Systems
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 6 – 11/30/16
We collected some temperature data in the region around KSC for Coatl Aerospace
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 5 – 11/25/16
We collected some temperature data in the region around KSC for Fuel Tanks Plus
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 4 – 11/23/16
We attempted to collect some temperature data in the region around KSC for Experimental Engineering
Mission Report
Cool Photos from 16.5km – 11/22/16
We sent up a KerBalloon for the sole purpose of seeing what cool photos we could get from and on the way to 16.5km. For added effect, we did it at sunset
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 3 – 11/18/16
We gathered some pressure data in the region around KSC for an undisclosed agency
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 2 – 11/15/16
We collected some pressure data in the region around KSC for Kip Engineering
Mission Report
Low-Altitude Science Survey 1 – 11/10/16
We gathered some temperature data in the region around KSC for an undisclosed agency while an eclipse was happening
Mission Report
5-Biome Campaign Flight 5 – 10/27/16
We set out to explore the various biomes that exist in the area around KSC. Shores, Water, Highlands & Grasslands have been scienced, now for Deserts
Mission Report
5-Biome Campaign Flight 4 – 10/25/16
We set out to explore the various biomes that exist in the area around KSC. Shores, Water & Highlands have been scienced, now for Grasslands
Mission Report
5-Biome Campaign Flight 3 – 10/21/16
We set out to explore the various biomes that exist in the area around KSC. Shores and Water have been scienced, now for Highlands
Mission Report
5-Biome Campaign Flight 2 – 10/20/16
We set out to explore the various biomes that exist in the area around KSC. Shores have been scienced, now for Water
Mission Report
5-Biome Campaign Flight 1 – 10/20/16
We set out to explore the various biomes that exist in the area around KSC starting with the easiest, the Shore, as that is where we reside
Mission Report
Low Altitude Test Flight – 9/21/16
We get our first production sample from KerBalloon and see how it handles an ascent to max altitude of 16.5km and back to the ground
Mission Report

Vessel Images

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Windy Launch

Calm Ascent

Sunset

Clouds? No Problem

Away at Dawn

Back Home

Carry Vehicle

Recovery

Home +1

Dawn Rollout

Shipping Out

Triumphant Return

Up, Up and Away!

Sunrise Anchors Aweigh

Steaming South

All the parts!

Highlands KerBalloon Launch

Up Goes the Balloon, Down Goes the Sun

Rolling Out Under the Stars and Nebulae

KerBalloon Launch

Sea Launch

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

"Cool Pics" Balloon Flight

KerBallon "Cool Pics" Launch

Up and Away

Launch Prep

Eclipse Atmospheric Temperature Study

Rover Crash

KerBalloon Recovery

Roll Out!

Highlands Dawn Launch

Red Dawn

Ready to Rove

A Different Launch

Up Up and Away

Atmospheric Probe (Standard)

KerBalloons

KerBalloon Ground Track

KerBalloon Test

KerBalloon Test

KerBalloon Test

KerBalloon Test Probe

Vessel Lifetime: Sep 2016 – ongoing
Vessel Expenditure: 127,451
Vessel Income: 338,713 (211,262)
Number of Launches: 36
Mission Success Rate: 89%
Vessel Ribbon:
Vessel Crew: Bob, Bill

Vessel Blueprint

Vessel Patch

Advancements in the materials used to construct the gas envelope has allowed for greater flexibility, allowing the gas to expand further without rupturing. This balloon can remain intact in atmospheres greater than 1kPa, which on Kerbin comes out to just short of 26km ASL. The unit also has external rails that can take parachute attachments manufactured specifically for recovering KerBalloon units.

Vessel News Highlight – 5/26/17

Operations Summary – Week of 5/22/17

After an as yet to be determined malfunction that destroyed a KerBalloon unit after dropping from a Civvie, the Genesis/KerBalloon partnership has been terminated. Full Story Show All News

Active Missions

None at this time.
Show Past Missions
High-Altitude Science Survey 34 – 11/2/17
Specialist Bob travels 212km southwest of KSC to Zone 72R72X in order to launch a balloon into a large storm system & record data (but not recover the balloon) for Reaction Systems Ltd
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 33 – 10/17/17
Specialist Bob heads out to sea once again to satisfy a contract for Kerbodyne over Area H1S7 53km northwest of KSC, gathering temperature data from the upper atmosphere
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 32 – 9/27/17
Specialist Bill spent two days north of KSC waiting for clear skies at sunset to release a balloon over Site WK71 to gather temperature data for Wobbly Rockets, unaware of potential health dangers
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 31 – 9/26/17
Specialist Bob heads out to sea south of KSC at Site T3KCSD to await good weather in order to gather pressure data during ascent up to 1kPa for Glowing Kraken Industries
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 30 – 9/15/17
Specialists Bob & Bill have gone their separate ways to Sector P42P in order to launch from land & recover from (rough) sea after gathering temperature data for Kerbodyne
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 29 – 9/6/17
Specialist Bob is out to sea to gather temperature data for Probodobodyne Inc over Area HX-HD after first recovering a payload launched from land that drifted out over the water
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 28 – 8/30/17
Specialist Bill & crew head 97km north with 3 days of supplies to await good weather for launching a payload at Area CQ-49 to gather temperature data for Experimental Engineering Group
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Surveys 26 & 27 – 8/25/17
Specialist Bob leads a crew aboard the Maritime Service Vessel Lymun to Site Q-WL9 & Site Z-6O4 to gather pressure data for L-Tech Scientific Industries and Reaction Systems Ltd, respectively
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 25 – 8/23/17
Specialists Bill & Bob lead another 3-day mission but manage to launch on day one – however despite the early launch & great ascent recovery operations quickly became complicated due to steep slopes
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 24 – 8/18/17
Heading up into the central plains region, Specialists Bill and Bob lead a crew in 3 UTVs to camp out and await good weather for temperature readings over Sector PG-XF for Moving Parts Experts Group
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 23 – 8/9/17
Another combined land & sea mission, this time from the southern part of the continent, gathered temperature data for Moving Parts Experts Group over Site K-119E
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 22 – 8/7/17
A marathon 14hr mission saw a launch from land & recovery from land although it was intended to be by sea, as temperature data was gathered over Zone 5-3S for Tiberdyne Aerospace
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 21 – 8/2/17
Not knowing how good the weather would be, Bill & crew stocked up for a 3-day mission to wait for good launch conditions to send up a balloon over Area X07TT for Periapsis Rocket Supplies Co
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 20 – 8/1/17
Heading over 100km out to sea, Specialist Bob & his crew handle the launch and recovery from Site L-7H1 to satisfy Tiberdyne Aerospace’s interest in temperature data
Mission Report
Negative Gravioli Test Flight – 7/5/17
After numerous delays waiting for idea conditions, a high-altitude balloon launched from KSC carried aloft a new science instrument designed to measure subtle changes in gravitational fields
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 19 – 7/4/17
Just offshore from Umbarg out in the Kerblantic a balloon launch attempt by Bob & crew off the MSV Tongjess over Zone 39-W for Kerbal Aircraft Expansioneers Ltd is thwarted by safety concerns
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Surveys 17 & 18 – 6/28/17
Bob leads a crew aboard the MSV Lymun out of Umbarg to carry out launches at Kathie’s Prize and Sector MJD6 for Reaction Systems Ltd and Junk Systems Inc, respectively
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 16 – 6/26/17
Bill leads out a crew north to Pilot’s Wonder to complete a contract for Sean’s Cannery that failed last week when the balloon ruptured on lift off due to over-pressurization
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Surveys 15 & 16 – 6/22/17
Crews set out to launch two high-altitude balloons within close proximity of each other at Elinica’s Legacy and Pilot’s Wonder, however complications prevent them from completing both missions
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 14 – 6/16/17
Bill & Bob head down to Umbarg so a balloon can be launched just offshore over Jeschel’s Luck for Albert Kerman Industries. The question is – where will it come down?
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 13 – 6/2/17
Bill & Bob join up to trek 100Km+ inland to Sector SS7DMM in order to launch a high-altitude balloon for Glowing Kraken Industries, without the assistance of the Genesis program to deliver the payload
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 12 – 5/25/17
Measure the pressure in flight above 17,300 meters near Area C8FN9 for Albert Kerman Industries. Will carry out in partnership with Genesis Program
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 11 – 5/17/17
Still aboard the MSV Tongjess, Specialist Bob has swapped control units with a balloon he brought with him to perform a second mission at sea over Hendon’s Drift for Silisko Industries
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 10 – 5/17/17
Specialist Bill leads out a team of UTVs on a short 44km overland mission to launch a high-altitude balloon for a science survey at Site W-82 for Integrated Integrals
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 9 – 5/16/17
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,200 meters near Lisnne’s Crater for Bloeting. Will carry out in partnership with Genesis Program
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 8 – 5/15/17
With the storm past and Tongjess’ engine repaired, Specialist Bob once again sets sail to attempt to launch a balloon over the survey spot they missed last week – Zone 5-L3DS
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 7 – 5/10/17
Although it was one of our better ascents for the high-altitude KerBalloon unit, the onset of a strong storm & mechanical issues ultimately spelled doom for this mission to Area H2W37
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 6 – 5/8/17
Measure the temperature in flight above 16,700 meters near Zone 6-VZLB for DMagic Orbital Sciences. Civvie will drop a KerBalloon to perform this contract
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 5 – 4/21/17
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,200 meters near Kirrim’s Dawn for Rokea Inc. Dropped from a Civvie to be deployed over the area
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 4 – 4/5/317
After failing to launch our Progeny Mk3 rocket we renegotiated with the Maritime Service and the vessel on station for rocket recovery sailed out to handle a balloon launch at Manley’s Lament
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 3 – 3/6/17
Measure the temperature in flight above 17,500 meters near Zone 7-BNC for Umbra Space Industries
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 2 – 1/25/17
Take pressure readings in flight above 17,800 meters near Zone 5-0D for Shadow Space Technologies Unlimited as part of a 3-launch sea voyage
Mission Report
High-Altitude Science Survey 1 – 1/25/17
Measure the temperature in flight above 19,300 meters near Jaalla’s Trough for CTC Exploration as part of a 3-launch sea voyage
Mission Report
High Altitude Test Flight – 1/20/17
Before we send any units out for contract work we want to make sure they function properly, as this test flight will ascertain.
Mission Report

Vessel Images

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Out to Sea

Off Into the Blue

Sundown

Northward Bound

Somewhere, Up There

Rolling Home

Perfect Weather

Day at the Beach

Land Ho

No Moons, Only Dark

Tumbling Down

Upper Atmosphere

Island Chain

Vaporized

Grasslands Highlands Mountains

KSC From Above

Rising Sun

Bye Bye Balloon

Stuck in a Tree

Up and Away

To Umbarg

Launching with the Dawn

KerBalloon Launch

Bon Voyage!

Over the Mountains

Payload Flight Departure

Payload Inspection

Sunrise Departure

Time to Get Ready

Falling to Kerbin

Taxi Out for Deployment

KerBalloon Payload

High-Altitude Balloon Launch

Steaming South

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

Photos from Ground to 25km

To New Heights

High-Altitude KerBalloon Probe

All the parts!

New Batteries

Vessel Lifetime: Jan 2017 – ongoing
Vessel Expenditure: 186,175
Vessel Income: 300,190 (114,015)
Number of Launches: 37
Mission Success Rate: 86%
Vessel Ribbon:
Vessel Crew: Bob, Bill

Vessel Blueprint