Purpose of the flight and payload description

The ALIOS experience consisted of a series of experiments mainly in the domain of biology. ALIOS 83 experiments were as follows:

- Cytos. Study of the kinetics of proliferation of paramecia cultures.
- Granos. Biological research groups. Somatic and genetic effects of cosmic radiation on young tobacco plants.
- Bacterias. Infrastructural study of bacteria subjected to cosmic radiation.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/1/1983
Launch site: Base di Lancio Luigi Broglio, Trapani, Sicily, Italy  
Balloon launched by: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Winzen 11.620.000 cuft (0.5 Mils - Cap. 0.9 Mils - Stratofilm)
Balloon serial number: 319.18-0.5-NSCHR 0.9 Cap. SN:152
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/2/1983
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 21 h 40 m
Landing site: Near Sevilla, Spain
Campaign: ODISSEA 83  
Overall weight: 810 kgs

Transmediterranean flight

External references

  • Flight Summary of balloons made of Stratofilm - 1981 to 1983, Technical report, Winzen Research International. Circa 1984 - Stratocat's private collection

Images of the mission

The ALIOS gondola resting in a soy bean field near Sevilla, Spain (Image: Nos Premières Années dans l'Espace) The ALIOS gondola being lifted by an helicopter (Image: Nos Premières Années dans l'Espace)      

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