Long duration balloon flights in the middle stratosphere
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AbstractResearch and development performed by the French Space Agency (CNES) over the past 10 years has given the scientific community the Infrared Montgolfiere, a balloon capable of lifting 50-kg payloads into the stratosphere for periods of several weeks.The Infrared Montgolfiere is a hot air balloon that captures infrared radiation using the earth as a heat source.Thirty flights have been launched so far, some lasting more than sixty days and circling the globe twice.

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