Purpose of the flight and payload description
The telescope consists of two 1/4 -in.-thick plastic scintillators used to measure dEdx, followed by a 5-in.-thick crystal of NaI (Tl) to measure the residual energy E of stopping particles. From these measurements the charge and the mass of each particle are calculated. The accuracy of the measurements is sufficient to separate the isotopes of hydrogen and helium and to identify the nuclei of elements up to oxygen.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 8/7/1966
Launch site: Fort Churchill Airport, Manitoba, Canada
Balloon launched by: Raven Industries Inc.
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon 10.600.000 cu ft (0.5 Mil.)
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 18 h 50 m
Payload weight: 554