Purpose of the flight and payload description
The objective of the flight were to demonstrate deployment of the probe parachute, separation of entry heat shield, parachute separation and descent characteristics of the planned 1978 Pioneer Venus atmospheric probe mission.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 5/19/1977
Launch site: Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico, US
Balloon launched by: Air Force Geophysics Laboratory (AFGL)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon 3.000.000 cuft
Landing site: Over the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, US
- Aerodynamic Decelerators for Planetary Exploration: Past, Present, and Future AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit; 21-24 Aug. 2006; Keystone, CO
- Army Research and Development News Magazine May - July 1977 - Pag. 21
- Lessons From the Pioneer Venus Program by Steve Dorfman
- The Pioneer Venus spacecraft program Acta Astronautica - Volume 7, Issue 6, June 1980, Pages 773
Images of the mission
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