Description of the payload

An instrument to study the ozone and water vapour in the atmosphere

Details of the balloon flight and scientific outcome

Launch site: Domingos Rego Aerodrome, Timón, Maranhao, Brazil  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Open balloon model 150z Zodiac - 150.000 m3
Campaign: ELBC (Equatorial Large Balloon Campaign)  
Payload weight: 350 kg

The balloon was launched at 5:46 local time on June 8th 2005 by dynamic method assisted by auxiliary balloon.

After a initial ascent phase the float altitude was achieved without problems. After near 7 hours of flight the separation command was transmited at 13:08 local time.

The landing site was located west of the city of Barra da Corda, Maranhao state. The payload landing coordinates were 5º18'25"S 45º12'59"W and the balloon landing coordinates were 5º16'21"S 44º56'08"W.

External references and bibliographical sources

Images of the mission