skyhook balloon


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skyhook balloon

[′skī‚hu̇k bə‚lün]
(aerospace engineering)
A large plastic constant-level balloon for duration flying at very high altitudes, used for determining wind fields and measuring upper-atmospheric parameters.
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A major advance toward this goal was achieved on September 25, 1957, when a 12-inch reflecting telescope was carried aloft by an unmanned Skyhook balloon [as part of Project Stratoscope] to a height of more than 80,000 feet over Minnesota, and solar photographs of unprecedented definition were secured.