Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

NIWA flying helikite during balloon fiesta

NIWA flying helikite during balloon fiesta

Among the colour and spectacle of this week’s Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta will be a small but crucial flying contraption known as a helikite.

Operated by NIWA scientists, the helikite will provide vital weather information to balloon pilots before they take off.

Meteorologist Tony Bromley describes the helikite as a cross between a balloon and a kite that uses helium to achieve lift. It has a range of instruments attached to measure temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and pressure which is constantly transmitted to the ground.

Raised and lowered using a winch, the helikite can be deployed up to a kilometre high in order to provide real time information for the balloon pilots. It will be constantly raised and lowered throughout the fiesta taking measurements every two to three metres.

Mr Bromley said NIWA will provide regular general weather forecasts as well as more localised forecasts for pilots to help them determine the best balloon flying times.

“At this time of year we can expect a lot of calm weather in the early mornings and evenings so there’s a high likelihood of good ballooning conditions at various times,” he said.

The helikite will be positioned at Masterton, Carterton and Martinborough during the fiesta which runs fromThursday to Sunday.

Regular updates will be published on the Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta Facebook page or see www.nzballoons.co.nz for more information.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Rocket Lab: Launch Expected

Rocket Lab has delayed the roll out of the launch vehicle called Electron by one day, due to weather conditions. The planned launch attempt will now take place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Budget: Irrigate (Good Times, Come On!)

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water... More>>

ALSO:

Silver Fern Farms: Proposal To Close Fairton Sheepmeat Plant

Silver Fern Farms has advised its people of the proposal to permanently close the site, and has discussed potential transfer options to its other sites in the region as part of the consultation process...
More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Myrtle Rust Appears In Taranaki

The nursery in Waitara (just north of New Plymouth) reported suspected myrtle rust symptoms on young plants to the Ministry’s 0800 number yesterday (Tuesday). More>>

ALSO: