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Airships: A New Horizon for Science - Summit on Tethers

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Team Leads
Jason Rhodes
Lynne Hillenbrand
Robert Fesen
Sarah Holmes Miller

November 18, 2013
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

NOTE: This is an invitation-only summit.

Stratospheric tethered aerostats have emerged as a compelling technological consideration throughout our study regarding science on airships. A tethered balloon platform could accomodate many of the science goals developed and organized by our study. While a tethered aerostat has never been successfully launched into the stratosphere, because of its immense promise we require a focused meeting of the top experts in high-altitude ballooning and aerostat technology together with the scientists and experimentalists organizing the broad range of science goals emerging from our study. Brainstorming sessions and discussions will focus on what is required for a trade study and technological demo for follow-on, to see this well-motivated technology onto success and broader impacts in both science and industry.

For questions contact: Jason Rhodes, Lynne Hillenbrand, Robert Fesen, Sarah Holmes Miller or Michele Judd.


Sarah Holmes Miller

Study Co-Lead Sarah Holmes Miller from UCR and Caltech.

Jason Rhodes

Study Co-Lead Jason Rhodes from JPL.

Robert Fesen

Study Co-Lead Robert Fesen from Dartmouth.