Description of the payload

The instrument was designed to observe stratospheric ozone and another minor constituents which will play important role for ozone depletion.

Emission line spectra from these species in the submillimeter-wave range is observed by using low noise superconducting receiver (SIS: Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor mixer).

BSMILES observes stratospheric molecules in the altitude range from 10 to 35 km with the vertical resolution of about 1 km and data accuracy of 10%.

In this first flight 2.7 hours after the launching, the limb observations were made during 3 hours in the altitude from 31 to 34km.

After the flight the data was analized and was found that emission line spectra of Ozone and Chlorine monoxide has been detected.

Details of the balloon flight and scientific outcome


Launch site: Sanriku Balloon Center, Iwate, Japan  
Balloon launched by: SNR
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Open balloon model B80 80.000 m3
Balloon serial number: B80-9
Payload weight: 490 kgs

The launch took place using vertical inflation technique at 6:22 on August 30th,

After a smooth launch headed east and at 145km from coast leveled at floating altitude of 33.8km.

After that it advanced due west approximately by 3 hours when were performed the scientific observations.

When reaching Miyako bay sky, the observation equipment was separated from the balloon by a command signal from the ground, and landed by parachute in the sea approximately 40km east of the coast.

The instrument and the balloon were collected safely by the recovery ship, technicians extracted the on-board PC where the observation data is recorded and the helicopter elevated the payload from sea and take it back to the Sanriku Ballooning Center.

External references and bibliographical sources

  • Baloon SMILES at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology website

Images of the mission