Description of the payload

Flight qualification mission for the Stratofilm SF-450 / 37 "Heavy" balloon.

Details of the balloon flight and scientific outcome


Launch site: Scientific Flight Balloon Facility, New Mexico, US  
Balloon launched by: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven - 37.000.000 cu ft
Flight identification number: 571NT

The balloon was launched by dynamic method with assistance from launch vehicle on June 5th, 2007 at 14:08 utc.

After a nominal ascent phase the balloon started to move due southeast until reach float altitude (122.000 ft) when it changed his route due west, with a slighty southward desviation, as can be seen in the map at left (click to enlarge).

The balloon was terminated after 4 hours and 22 minutes of flight the same day. The separation of the payload occured at 18:30 utc wich landed at 19:10 utc 41 miles southwest of Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

External references and bibliographical sources

Images of the mission

View of the launch site during the inflation of the balloon Launch! The balloon viewed trough a camera mounted in the gondola. The balloon still is not fully inflated The balloon at float altitude. Fully inflated The parachute a few seconds after being deployed after cutdown