Purpose of the flight and payload description

Measurements of chemical components in the ozone layer

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 4/3/1993 at 19:50 utc
Launch site: Barstow/Dagget Airport, California, US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon SF3-424.37-080-NSCHR-ST
Balloon serial number: W29.47-3-25
Flight identification number: 356N
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 4/4/1993 at 5:45 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 10 h
Landing site: 25 Miles SE of Artesia, New Mexico, US
Campaign: UARS  
Payload weight: + 4000 libras

External references

Images of the mission

The gondola suspended from the launch vehicle. Crush pads (brown) are fixed beneath the four bottom corners and around the upper corners of the gondola to minimize landing shock. Below hangs the ballast hoppers, containing 1200 lbs of steel shot. The launch vehicle shown close-up in the previous photograph is visible in the lower center of this photograph. It must be maneuvered directly beneath the balloon to prevent the gondola swinging into the ground after release. Seconds later, the gondola payload is released from the launch vehicle and begins its 160 minute ascent to 37 km (23 miles or 121,400 feet) altitude.    

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