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 - Hovland to Trace Air Force Doctor in Strato...
Hovland to Trace Air Force Doctor in Strato Capsule A block - long ballon containing an Air Force space doctor who will be suspended in an alumin um capsule below, probably wil take off Saturday or Sunday and will be traced into outer spaci by Glenn Hovland, Austin airpor manager. Hovland was in Minneapolis Weather May Delay Takeoff at Brainerd Glen Hovland is In Brain- IffdifcWith the. ballon crew but taKeo"«.pVoDably won't be today. Hovland phoned his wife at 9 a.m. today that weather conditions conditions may prevent the takeoff. If the ballon doesn't take off, Hovland probably will fly back to Austin until he's called again for the flight. Takeoff time has been kept a secret. Thursday getting Instruments on his Navion plane checked for tra cing the balloon. The balloon wil be launched in northern Minne sola and in the side capsule wil be Maj. David G. Simons. Simons will attempt to stay a 100,000 or 102,000 feet — 19 mile;, up — for at least 24 hours, which would be a high-altitude and en durance record for a manned bal loon. Hovland told members of the Austin Pilots Club that he wil have a radioman in the Navion with him while they trace the bal loon arid through instruments wil be able to keep tab on Simons heartbeat. If something goes wrong a 100,000 feet or so, the capsule can be released from inside Hovland's Navion. The capsule would drop to 30, 000 feet through use of a cargo parachute, Hovland told the pilots At 30,0000 feet, the capsule would break open and Maj. Simons would drop the rest of the way with a regular standard parachute Another transport plane, a C 47 containing scientists, will also trace and make observations. In addition, ground • crew tracing will be used. The capsul containing Simons is eight feet high and three fee wide. He will monitor high at mosphere and cosmic ray experi merits. Simons is chief of the space biology branch of the Air Force's aero-medical field laboratory ant the main purpose of the mannec ballon flight will be to test physl cal reactions at that altitude. Hovland will trace the balloon Erom northern Minnesota across North Dakota and into Montana where it is expected to land. Hovland has been tracing bal loons for five years for Winzen Research Inc, Minneapolis, under contract with the Air Force. he apparently P. a as seven

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  1. The Austin Daily Herald,
  2. 16 Aug 1957, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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