Experiments on board of a High Altitude Balloon
MBI has launched its first HAB with a SAT AIS receiver on board.
The AIS system (Automatic Identification System) is used for tracking ships and other vessels. Signal reception stations are located along the coast and the range of action is quite limited. Special stratospheric balloons can significantly increase the reception of signals transmitted from vessels
On 4th July MBI in collaboration with ASI launched a HAB (High Altitude Balloon) with a SAT AIS receiver on board. The balloon reached an altitude of 27.5 km, from which point there was wide visibility along the Tuscan coast.
The balloon was launched from Laiatico and landed in Radda in Chianti 3 hours later. An extensive view along the Tuscan coast was possible from the altitude of 27.5 km.
“Increasing the action range for monitoring AIS signals using HAB”
The aim of the experiment was to verify the capacity for AIS signal reception
Members of the Italian Airforce and ASI attended the launch. Data recorded on board the balloon was sent to the Italian Airforce.