MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF FIBER REINFORCED FILM FOR LARGE-SCALE BALLOONS

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Publication year 1996
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Title MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF FIBER REINFORCED FILM FOR LARGE-SCALE BALLOONS
Author Hirokazu MINAMI,Tadashi TAGA,Hiroshi TOYODA,Shinya SEGAWA,Wu YUNG
Summary We have developed fiber-reinforced polyethylene film for large-scale balloons. By reinforcing the film with fiberEwe were able to obtain higher reliability than when the film was not reinforced with fiber. The balloon made with this film was used for the atmospheric re-entry f1ight test of a winged space vehicle done by ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) in February 1992 at Kagoshima Space Center. The test successfully demonstrated the higher reliability of this film In this paperEwe report on the mechanical properties of this film.