Purpose of the flight and payload description
The NAUSICAA gondola transported three experiments onboard:
- CNES tested a special built winch for hanging payloads, and installed onboard an Albedometer to measure the solar flux reflection in the sea surface.
- Imperial College of London performed an astronomical experiment in the X-Ray domain.
Additionaly, the flight served for the qualification of the balloon used in this mission, measuring 600.000 cubic meters of volume.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 7/17/1985
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 Zodiac - 600.000 m3
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/18/1985
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 21 h 14 m
Landing site: In the Cordoba zone in Spain
Campaign: ODISSEA 85
Overall weight: 952 kgs