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 transporting a dummy payload that weighed a ton. It was meant to be the second test of the same balloon, after the first succesful fly performed on July 5, 1980. However, the mission could not be completed as a result of a tear in the envelope during inflation.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/31/1980
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): 7/31/1980
Landing site: Aborted flight. Balloon failure
Campaign: ODISSEA 80  
Payload weight: 1000 kgs

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