Wichita Lighter Than Air


Low lift climbout test

Date: April 11th, 2016
  • Mission: Test climbout capabilities with very low excess lift.
  • Max Altitude: unkown
  • Approximate Flight Range: 200 miles
  • Hardware: 1 plastic balloon, carrying a bag of crumpled paper for ballast, and a business card, filled roughly half way and ballasted to 9 grams excess lift.
  • Notes/failures: untracked flight. It did successfully demonstrate that climbout over surrounding obstacles and downdrafts could be sustained with under 10 grams of excess lift.