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1. (WO2017139283) HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON ANTENNA SYSTEMS AND METHODS
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Pub. No.: WO/2017/139283 International Application No.: PCT/US2017/016861
Publication Date: 17.08.2017 International Filing Date: 07.02.2017
IPC:
B64B 1/44 (2006.01) ,B64B 1/62 (2006.01)
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64
AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
B
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR AIRCRAFT
1
Lighter-than-air aircraft
40
Balloons
44
adapted to maintain predetermined altitude
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64
AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
B
LIGHTER-THAN-AIR AIRCRAFT
1
Lighter-than-air aircraft
58
Arrangements or construction of gas-bags; Filling arrangements
62
Controlling gas pressure, heating, cooling, or discharging gas
Applicants:
WORLD VIEW ENTERPRISES INC. [US/US]; 1805 E. Aerospace Parkway Tucson, AZ 85756, US
Inventors:
MACCALLUM, Taber, Kyle; US
PADILLA, Sebastian, A.; US
FARLEY, Rodger; US
BEVERIDGE, Iain; US
LEE, G., Ryan; US
BASTA, Tim; US
LEIDICH, Jared; US
STRAUS, John; US
MACCAGNANO, John, Z.; US
Agent:
ALTMAN, Daniel, E.; US
Priority Data:
15/274,94523.09.2016US
15/401,44709.01.2017US
62/294,18911.02.2016US
62/294,20411.02.2016US
62/373,75111.08.2016US
62/376,61818.08.2016US
Title (EN) HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON ANTENNA SYSTEMS AND METHODS
(FR) PROCÉDÉS ET SYSTÈMES D'ANTENNE DE BALLON À HAUTE ALTITUDE
Abstract:
(EN) Described herein are features for a high altitude lighter-than-air (LTA) system and associated methods. A zero-pressure balloon (ZPB) is attached in tandem with one or more variable ballast air super-pressure balloons (SPB). The ZPB provides lift for the system while the SPB uses a centrifugal compressor to provide a variable amount of ballast air by pumping in or expelling out ambient air. Various advanced performance targets relating to ascent rate, descent rate, range and maximum altitude are achievable with various scaled versions of the basic design of the LTA system. Advanced navigation and control techniques, such as more efficient high altitude station-keeping approaches, made possible with the LTA system are also described.
(FR) L'invention concerne des éléments pour un système plus léger que l'air (LTA) à haute altitude et des procédés associés. Un ballon à pression nulle (ZPB) est fixé en tandem avec un ou plusieurs ballons de surpression (SPB) d'air de ballast. Le ZPB assure la sustentation pour le système tandis que le SPB utilise un compresseur centrifuge pour fournir une quantité variable d'air de ballast par pompage ou expulsion d'air ambiant. Diverses cibles de performances avancées relatives à la vitesse de montée, la vitesse de descente, la portée et l'altitude maximale peuvent être obtenues avec diverses versions à l'échelle de la structure de base du système LTA. L'invention concerne également des techniques de navigation et de commande avancées, telles que des approches de maintient de poste à haute altitude plus efficaces, rendues possibles avec le système LTA.
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Publication Language: English (EN)
Filing Language: English (EN)
Also published as:
EP3414157