Purpose of the flight and payload description

The HAPI-4 is a hard X-ray telescope which consists of a high pressure (3 atmospheres) Xe multi-wire proportional counter with an area of 1950 cm2 and a set of eight NaI(Tl)/Csi(Na) phoswich scintillators with an effective volume of 200 cm2 x 6 mm. The detector electronics and data acquisition system are based on an STD bus of a microcomputer and intelligent interfaces with one-chip processors. The design connects all the subsystems, including data, acquisition, housekeeping data, attitude control, telemetry and telecommand to work in a highly efficient way.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 9/25/1993
Launch site: Xiang He Balloon Launch Center, Hebei, China  
Balloon launched by: Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon 40.000 m3

During this flight was observed the region of Cygnus, obtaining one image of the Cygnus X-1 X-Ray source. This was the first successful X-ray imaging observation in China.

External references

Images of the mission

The Instrument The balloon

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