September 29, 2014
NASA Conducts Successful Planetary Science Balloon Mission
The Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science (BOPPS) experienced a picture perfect launch just before 10:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, September 25. The balloon carried the payload for approximately 17 hours to heights over 127,000 ft. until it was finally brought down west of Amarillo, Texas, 110 miles from the launch site. The gondola and payloads functioned well and sufficient science and engineering data were collected to achieve the top level mission objectives.
September 2, 2014
BOPPS Arrives in Fort Sumner
BOPPS has arrived safely in Fort Sumner. The gondola, payload and support equipment have been unloaded and work has begun on reassembly, testing, and preparing BOPPS for flight.
August 29, 2014
Off to Fort Sumner
BOPPS has shipped to the launch site, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The gondola, payload and supporting equipment were loaded onto two trucks which will drive to Fort Sumner over the Labor Day weekend.