Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron: 972347

Proposal Number: 06.08-5538

Project Title: Balloon Launch Return Vehicle (BLRV)

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

This proposal describes an innovative low cost approach to launch small payloads into space and return them to a selected location on Earth. The innovation to be developed will be an analytical model of a rocket powered aerodynamic lifting body or aerospace plane lofted by a high altitude weather balloon to over 80,000 ft. for a ballistic launch into space (over 50 nautical miles) which then glides back with payloads to a designated site.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

This extremely low cost approach to carrying payloads and instrumentation to space and returning them safely to Earth is expected to receive wide application by customers such as NASA, military services, National Weather Service, Universities and news/weather networks if it can be proven that safety concerns can be successfully resolved. Typical applications are gathering of data for general weather prediction and environmental studies. It is expected that the BLRV approach to space flight will be adopted as a low cost test method for vehicle propulsion system and aerodynamics evaluations.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Leighton E. Young

High Altitude Research Corporation

1019-A Old Monrovia Road, Suite 168

Huntsville , AL 35806

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,

City/State/Zip)

Gregory H. Allison

High Altitude Research Corporation

1019-A Old Monrovia Road, Suite 168

Huntsville , AL 35806