A Vehicle for Space Research at Modest Cost
For many investigations like astronomical observations in various EM windows, atmospheric and high altitude research, it is necessary to reach the top of the atmosphere. Balloons have been used as a carrier for a long time. The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research has conducted regular balloon flights for over 60 years and operates the National Balloon Facility in Hyderabad. This facility has been used by Indian and international groups for a variety of investigations. Balloons provide a cost effective means for space research besides being doable by a small group of scientists. I will talk about the adventures of ballooning with special reference to the flights conducted by TIFR. I will show slides of various aspects of the fabrication, launch and recovery operations and also show some of the instruments flown. I'll conclude by showing a short video clip.