Purpose of the flight and payload description


Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 9/8/1973
Launch site: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven - 42.951 m3 (25.40 microns X-124)
Flight identification number: 776P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): ??/??/1973
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): F 8 h 55 m
Payload weight: 436 kgs

The flight was succesfull from the point of view of technical operations. However post-flight analysis showed that a large DC offset was present. Small signals would be very hard to detect, if at all. As a result, several modifications were made in the instrument before the next flight performed on September 20, 1973. The adjustments that were made eliminated this problem.

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