The objective of the mission was to measure the spectra of the specific ionization of the primary cosmic radiation, as part of a series of balloon-flights over Germany performed between April 1957 and August 1960.
The payload was composed mainly by a counter telescope, whose arrangement is shown in the figure at left.
Three proportional counters P1, P2, P3 were used to measure the specific ionization of each allowed particle. The smallest of these ionization losses was selected automatically to reduce the fluctuations due to large energy transfer. Two trays of Geiger counters G1, G2 defined the solid angle, the groups of Geiger counters, S1 and S2 performed an elimination of shower events originated internally or externally.
An absorber was used to exclude slow particles to ensure the necessary resolution in the charge spectrum. The total absorber consisted of 82.8 g/cm2 copper (setting an instrumental cut-off energy for protons of 320 MeV). To reach the lowest proportional counter a particle had to penetrate a layer of 5.8 g/cm2.
Balloon launched on: 7/16/1959 at 10:27 local
Launch site: Lindau, West Germany
Balloon launched by: Max-Planck Institut fur Aeronomie
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Weather Balloon x14 Darex - 2400 grs
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/16/1959 at 21:00 local
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 10 h
Landing site: South of Hamburg, Germany
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