Scientific Ballooning Links

NASA Balloon Program

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center`s Wallops Flight Facility, located on Virginia`s Eastern Shore, was established in 1945 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, as a center for aeronautic research.

Wallops is now NASA`s principal facility for management and implementation of suborbital research programs.

National Scientific Balloon Facility

The National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF), located in Palestine, Texas, is a NASA facility.

They provide the services of launching large (400 ft. dia), unmanned, high altitude (120,000 ft.), research balloons; tracking, and recovering the scientific experiments suspended beneath them, for NASA centers and universities from all over the world.

Goddard Space Flight Center's Balloon Technology Library

Goddard Space Flight Center's Balloon technology library. Hard copies of all citations exist at NASA/WFF and at the NSBF in Palestine, Texas. The database also contains many documents in PDF format online.

Holloman Air Force Base

The historic Balloon Branch at Holloman Air Force Base is where high altitude balloon flights have taken place since the late 1940's.