Is blown film processing really rocket science?

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Is blown film processing really rocket science? Maybe not, but NASA knows high-quality film is critical to balloon science. Charter NEX Films Inc., Milton, Wis., recently received a 2013 NASA Agency Group Achievement Award and a Silver Achievement Medal from NASA in recognition of its involvement with NASA’s Balloon Program. NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) uses Charter NEX film for Super Pressure Balloons and Zero Pressure Balloons.

The Silver Achievement Medal was given to Charter NEX Films in recognition of its continued production of exceptional quality balloon film for the NASA Balloon Program. Success in scientific balloon-flight missions is partly a matter of flight time during which data can be captured—the longer the better. Long flight times require balloons made of very high-quality film.

“We are very proud to receive these awards, because they demonstrate our commitment to our people, our assets, and our ability to make critical, high performing films to exacting standards,” says Dave Timm, Charter’s executive v.p. of technology.

Charter NEX Films also worked with NASA to develop film for Long Duration Balloon (LDB) flights from Antarctica, called the “crown jewel” of the NASA Balloon Program. Theses flights carry very large payloads to near-space altitudes for flights lasting many weeks.

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