Purpose of the flight and payload description

The objective of the flight was to test a new balloon developed by Zodiac with a volume of 400.000 m3. The balloon -transporting a dummy payload that weighed a ton- was launched succesfuly and was allowed to fly for two hours before being terminated.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/5/1980
Launch site: Base di Lancio Luigi Broglio, Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Balloon launched by: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) / Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon model 400z Zodiac - 400.000 m3
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/5/1980
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 3 h
Landing site: In Sicily, Italy
Campaign: ODISSEA 80  
Payload weight: 1000 kgs

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