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Author Atas, Bilal, author.
Title Bamcam : space balloon data logger / by Bilal Atas.
Published [Northridge, California] : California State University, Northridge, 2012.
 Electronic Book  TA153 .Z953 2012 A83eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (x, 74 pages) : charts, graphs, maps, photographs, chiefly color.
Content Type text
still image
Format online resource
File Characteristics text file PDF
Thesis M.S. California State University, Northridge 2012.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-62).
Summary High altitude space balloons are increasingly common tools of scientific experimentation. They provide a unique opportunity for the collection of data at an altitude of up to 42km (137000 feet), for a period of time that can last several days. Analog Site Testbed for Readiness Advancement (ASTRA) is one just one example of such an experiment. Launched by JPL to estimate wind conditions on Mars, its task involves the use of two anemometers and a mass spectrometer. Due to the nature of balloons, an attached gondola is vulnerable to stratospheric winds as well as excessive rotation and pendulum movement. The stability of the gondola is compromised during flight due to technical challenges, but data can be refined in post-processing if Acceleration (X, Y, Z), Angular Rate (X, Y, Z), and Rotation (X, Y, Z) matrices are monitored. BamCAM was designed to record the payload's altitude, coordinates, system temperature and most importantly triaxial acceleration, angular rate and rotation matrices. It also carried two cameras to record visuals from the two anemometers and the mass spectrometer to improve ASTRA's measurements.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on January 24, 2013).
Subject Balloons in astronomy.
Meteorological instruments.
Local Subject Dissertations, Academic -- CSUN -- Engineering -- Electrical and Computer Engineering.
OCLC number 850984075