Details of the balloon and launch operations
Launch site: Longyearbyen Airport, Svalbard, Norway
Launch team: ISTAR (International Science Technology And Research
Balloon: Open balloon (zero pressure) 3000 m3
Serial number: -
Flight identification number: PATH-5
Campaign: Arctic LDB Program Development 2003designed to prove concept for launching larger Long Duration Balloons (LDB) in the future from Svalbard Islands
Payload weight: 3 kg
Gondola weight: -
Overall weight: -
The fifth pathfinder balloon called PATH-5 was launched on July 12th, at 10:50 UT.
It ascended up to only 1500 meters and by unknown reasons started to descend and landed in the sea.
Description of the payload or experiment
PATHFINDER - 5
Responsable institution: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) / ISTAR (International Science Technology And Research)
Principal Investigator: Antonio Leonardio / Steven Peterzen
The balloon carried a payload of approximately 3 kg composed of a ARGOS transponder with a GPS board and a Lithium battery pack.
The flight plan called for the balloon reach float altitude and circumnavigate the polar region between 78 and 80 deg. N. Throught the GPS/ARGOS payload the trajectory would be traced showing the stratospheric circulation pattern of stratospheric winds, and providing information about diurnal excursions, and potential termination/impact locations for the future LDB flights.
Performance in flight and data obtained
This flight returned no usefull information due to early termination.
External references and bibliographical sources
- ISTAR Group website of the group that managed the entire launch operation
- New infrastructure and extended scientific possibilities using the sounding rocket facilities at Andøya and Svalbard 17th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, 30 May - 2 June 2005, Sandefjord, Norway
- PEGASO: long duration balloons from north pole XVIII Congresso Nazionale AIDAA
- Ultralight to heavy long duration balloon development from Svalbard, Norway 17th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, 30 May - 2 June 2005, Sandefjord, Norway