Purpose of the flight and payload description
Project Mogul was a top secret project carried out by the US Army Air Forces involving the launch of stratospheric balloons carrying sensitive microphones, whose primary purpose was long-distance detection of sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. The project was carried out from 1947 until early 1949. The project was moderately successful, but was very expensive and ultimatelly was replaced by a network of seismic detectors and air sampling for fallout.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 7/3/1947 at 3:03 mst
Launch site: Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico, US
Balloon launched by: University of New York
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Balloon Tandem Tandem 10 x General Mills 7' - 001" polyethilene
Flight identification number: NYU 8
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/3/1947
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 3 h 15 m
This was the first time a plastic balloon was flown from Holloman Air Force Base.
- The Roswell Report: fact vs. fiction in the New Mexico Desert James Mc. Andrew - USAF (1995) pag. 931
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