Purpose of the flight and payload description

The US army's Range Instrumentation Development Division was developing a miss-distance indicator for use in missile testing. The system was held aloft by captive balloons while high velocity aircraft rockets were fired in the vicinity. In the framework of that task they wanted to determine the optical properties of various special paints, so they created Project Stove Pipe, in which painted stove pipes were strung out beneath a balloon and studied through ground instrumentation. At least 4 missions were carried out for the project at Holloman AFB in the first half of 1954.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 3/18/1954
Launch site: Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico, US  
Balloon launched by: Balloon Branch, Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon General Mills 30 foot diam (2.0 mil)
Flight identification number: HAFB 204
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 2 h 30 m
Payload weight: 48 lbs
Overall weight: 97 lbs

This particular flight served to perform an Askania cinetheodolite test

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