Purpose of the flight and payload description

The instrument consisted of two identical plastic scintillators, for measuring the charge of each particle and a liquid Cerenkov counter with an effective index of refraction of 1.27. This index of refraction that allows precise velocity measurements for particles with energies around 1 GeV per amu. Each detector is enclosed in a white, high-reflectance light integration box for a maximum uniformity of response and is viewed by twelve photomultiplier tubes. A multiwire proportional chamber hodoscope is included to define the trajectory of the particle through the instrument to correct for path length and non uniformity variations and to help select nuclear events from background.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 9/29/1973
Launch site: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Winzen - 591.825 m3 (17.78 microns - Stratofilm)
Flight identification number: 782P
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 40 h 10 m
Payload weight: 1459 kgs

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