Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/17/1956 at 15:40 ?
Launch site: USS Colonial (LSD-18) navegando a 300 millas al oeste de la costa de California (Lat. 29.68º N - Lon. 121.57º O)
Balloon launched by: Winzen Research Inc.
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Winzen 150.000 ft3
Balloon serial number: 72.3-150-V-157
Flight identification number: WRI 666
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/17/1956
Landing site: Payload no recoverable

Succesfull launch and float altitude reached

Rocket launched from a balloon carrying X-Ray, Lyman Alpha radiation sensors and telemetry devices.

The main objective of the flight was to study the behavior of the ionosphere during a solar flare.

After reaching float altitude the rocket was ignited and reached an apogee of 120 kms.

External references

Images of the mission

Rockoon launch from the deck of the USS Colonial        

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