About Us

LTA-Flight Magazine (formerly The Balloon Journal) explores stories and scientific discoveries from the exciting, adventurous, and exploratory world of lighter-than-air aviation.

We look forward to bringing you articles about ballooning and airships, as well as the latest research and development on scientific balloon missions, including those deployed for weather observations.

The publication is also an endeavor to share the science and technology of lighter-than-air flight. In addition, this website will also feature related “balloon science” articles on high- altitude research, weather, upper atmosphere,  and space.

Hope you will share your news, stories, and opinions.


LTA-Flight Magazine was formerly known as The Balloon Journal. We changed the name on 10th August 2017. The original Balloon Journal website was launched on 17th December 2015. Please note the new e-mail addresses. We look forward to your continued support.  Thank you.

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Phone: 240-426-2040 (USA)

All Aboard!
Sitara Maruf

About Sitara Maruf

Sitara Maruf is an author and an award-winning science writer. She has ten years of combined experience as a print and broadcast journalist, science / health writer and editor, and media and communications director. Sitara has two master’s degrees: an MA in broadcast journalism and public affairs from American University, in Washington DC, and an MS in biochemistry from University of Pune, India.

Sitara has been a medical science writer and press officer at the National Institutes of Health; an intern and freelance producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation; a reporter for India Abroad; producer, reporter, and anchor for Human Interest Today at WNVC-TV; and science writer and editor at Lighter than Air—Flight Magazine.

She has also served as a communications and media director in a former governor’s office and is the author of the book, Easy-to-Learn English Grammar and Punctuation.


5 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Dear Balloon Journal,

    Is there a peer-review process in your article publications?
    We are looking for a journal for our stratospheric balloon launch results.


  2. Thank you Sitara,

    That is a very interesting and well written article The super-pressure balloon is so little understood. The origins of the successful example are among the little known points in history.

    1. Mr. Piccard,
      Thank you for your comment and appreciation. Yes, I agree with you.
      Soon, I will start work on one of the objectives of this publication–to raise awareness about the pioneering and brave efforts in scientific ballooning and lighter-than-air aviation.
      I will get in touch with you by e-mail, soon.

  3. Do you have a historian/archivist source that would know the answer to this question:
    In the second Gordon Bennett competition in 1907, German team won, landing in New Jersey.
    Looking to find out where in New Jersey did the POMMERANIA land?
    E R I K

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