Successful launch of ERC balloons RSS

26 Jun 2015

Two balloons, carrying prototype Earth Return Capsules, have been launched from Esrange Space Center.

The first balloon was launched on Monday, June 15 at 20:34 UTC and the second balloon was launched on Sunday, June 21, at 15:36 UTC.

The ERC capsules are candidates for returning scientific samples from asteroids, comets or Mars in future ESA missions, which require capsules that are stable throughout entry and descent without the need for a parachute.

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