Stratospheric Ballooning (Skyhook) Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1993.0050
Creators:
United States. Office of Naval Research
Dates:
[ca. 1940s-1960s]
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.18 Cubic Feet
(2 records center boxes)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, reports, clippings and press kits, mostly centering on the following ballooning topics: Project Skyhook, Project Helios, Stratoscope I and II and Stratolab. There is also material on general ballooning events, the Vanguard satellite and the VTOL.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The stratospheric balloon flights of Auguste Piccard in 1931-1932 changed the way people thought about conquering the stratosphere and began a race to the stratosphere via the balloon which rivaled the race to the moon in the 1960s. The ballooning of the 1930s, including Auguste and Jean Piccards' work and the Explorer flights, led to Project Helios during the 1940s. Project Helios, in turn, led to Skyhook, Stratolab and modern scientific ballooning. These modern projects, i.e., Project Skyhook, allowed longer look times than sounding rockets and were far more economical. Furthermore, they were valuable in obtaining data for both scientific missions and military interests.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Office of Naval Research, Gift, 1993, 1993-0050, Public Domain

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Rockets (Aeronautics) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rockets, Sounding Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vertically rising aircraft Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Balloons, Sounding Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stratoscope I Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stratoscope II Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stratolab Program Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Project Vanguard Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Press releases Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Office of Naval Research Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Project Skyhook Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Project Helios Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vanguard (Artificial satellite) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
http://airandspace.si.edu/research/resources/archives/