Purpose of the flight and payload description

An experiment that made a map of the Cosmic Microwave Background first order (dipole) anisotropy and set stringent limits on higher order CMB anisotropies. It was a test bed and precursor for the 90 GHz (3-mm wavelength) of the COBE satellite.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 4/27/1982 at 00:45 utc
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 - 29.450 m3 (17.78 microns) / N18-7T-1.04
Balloon serial number: R1.04-0-101
Flight identification number: 1279P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 4/27/1982 at 12:49 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): ~ 12.00 h
Landing site: 3 miles NW of Palquemine, Louisiana, US
Payload weight: 371 kgs

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