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HIREGS II down, Cape Chocolate, Antarctica, after 17 day circumpolar flight. The HIgh REsolution Gamma-ray Spectrometer is an autonomous x-ray/gamma-ray telescope recording emissions from solar flares.

Meer Instruments has been involved with the development and manufacture of solar power systems for NASA Long Duration Balloon Flights (LDBF - circumpolar) since 1987. Flights are typically launched from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and, Alice Springs, Australia. Experiments, developed by a variety of institutions in the United States, typically observe and measure astrophysical phenomena in the cosmos. Experiments "float" on the surface of the atmosphere (~120K-130K feet) beneath large volume balloons (thin film, helium filled, >129 million cubic feet (\~150 meters diameter @ float), augmenting signal strength. Power systems (see Projects) range from 300-1.5K Watts, and include all elements: arrays (in collaboration w/SunCat_Solar), attachment hardware, charge controller, telemetry outputs, batteries, and harnesses.

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