Purpose of the flight and payload description
LXeGRIT is a balloon-borne Compton telescope employing a large volume liquid xenon time projection chamber (LXeTPC) as the central gamma-ray detector. It is designed to image gamma rays in the energy range of 200 keV to 20 MeV, with an angular resolution of about 3 degrees (1 sigma) at 2 MeV, within a field-of-view (FOV) of about 1 sr.
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 8/25/1997 at 11:48 utc
Launch site: Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, US
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon Raven 28L - 800.000 m3 - SF3-424.37-080-NSCR-ST
Balloon serial number: W29.47-2-23
Flight identification number: 1558P
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 8/25/1997 at 18:15 utc
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): F 4 h 14 m
Landing site: 15 miles SE of Midland, Texas, US
Payload weight: 3577 lbs
- LXeGRIT - A Liquid Xenon Gamma-Ray Imaging Telescope Columbia University website
- NASA Balloon Flights (1989-1998) in NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. VII: NASA Launch Systems, Space Transportation, Human Spaceflight, and Space Science, 1989-1998
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