Purpose of the flight and payload description

 

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 7/8/1997 at 7:15 utc
Launch site: Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska, US  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven 11L - 335.000 m3 - SF3-11.82-.8/.8-NA
Balloon serial number: W11.82-1E-02
Flight identification number: 436N
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 7/8/1997 at 13:58 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 7 h
Landing site: 21 miles NW of Nenana, Alaska, US
Campaign: POLARIS  
Payload weight: 2875 lbs

External references

Images of the mission

The gondola containing all the instrumentation hanging from the arm of the crane used as launch vehicle. The balloon fully inflated. In the foreground the chase plane ready to follow it. Image of the launch of the balloon carrying the MKIV interferometer Image of the previous touch down seconds The MKIV gondola in the landing site

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